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How Does Recycling Help The Environment?

You have probably heard of the power of recycling by now and are possibly even implementing it in your office and its day-to-day operations. However, you  can’t help but wonder why is it so important and how does recycling help the environment? 

Well, there are many advantages associated with recycling and its amazing benefits to the environment. It is also one of the easiest and most effective ways to ensure sustainability for many generations to come. We at  Waste company understand this, which is why we strive to help all and every businesses across the United Kingdom (UK) to pay their part in environmentally sustainable ways of living. So, to answer the how does recycling help the environment question, let’s first look at the benefits of recycling.

Benefits of Recycling Cambridge

We are currently riddled with the impending doom that is global warming and climate change. Lucky for us, recycling is one of the best ways to eliminate the effects of global warming and the resulting climate change. Here is how recycling benefits us:

Nature and resource conservation 

Most recyclable materials such as paper and cardboard come from trees. Subsequently, these materials are the most used worldwide. Think of a time in your life where you went a day without seeing paper or cardboard. Either at home or in the office? Nothing comes to mind? That is how much the world is reliant on these two products. Recycling them ensures that less trees are cut and that there is enough for the production of the oxygen we breathe. 

Saves energy

A lot of energy is required to create most of the recyclable products we use daily from virgin fibres. Recycling helps reduce that energy by a significant amount as less energy is required to recycle material into new reusable materials.

Recycling protects the Environment

When we recycle materials instead of creating them by using our natural resources, we preserve their longevity and the life they hold. Think of the eco systemes found in forests that would be otherwise cut down to produce new papers if it wasn’t for recycling. All of that would be unnecessarily lost which would in turn upset the balance of things and hence, global warming.

Decreases Waste in Landfills

Creating waste is inevitable.  One way or the other, we will create waste. It’s how we manage it that counts. A lot of our waste used to end up in landfills but due to innovative ways of recycling, we are able to divert 95% of our waste from ending up in landfills and therefore prevent the spread of landfills. At Waste company we believe in zero landfill waste.

What is Recyclable?

Not all material can be recycled but a large amount of it can be. You just need to know which waste can be recycled so you can be able to manage your waste properly. If you are still unsure, do not hesitate to contact Waste company for further information and assistance. Below is a list of some of the materials that can be recycled. Please note that this list is by no means excessive.


Production of paper requires an enormous amount of energy use and natural resources. Fortunately, it is 100% recyclable and should never end up in our landfills.  


Cardboard is made from layers of paper. That means that is essentially the same as paper and requires just about the same amount of energy and natural resources to be produced. It is also 100% recyclable and reusable.


Food and all other organic materials also need to be recycled. Recycling food provides us with more resources such as fuel for our cars, fertilizers to make more food and electricity to light our homes and businesses.


Most electronic waste is considered hazardous waste and should be handled with care. Some electronics can be recycled while some need to be disposed of. This is why use of a qualified waste management company like us at Waste company is important.


Plastic is one of the leading causes for pollution. It takes years to decompose, so much so that it is essentially considered non decomposable. A simple carrier bag can take up to 50 years to decompose while the more durable plastic takes hundreds of years. The best way to get rid of plastic waste is through recycling.

Can Recycling Reduce Air and Water Pollution?

Yes. Recycling can reduce air and water pollution. When waste material is left to its own devices, it may either end up in our lakes, rivers and oceans like the plastic do or end up polluting both the air and the land like hazardous materials and food. Food may be surprising since it is biodegradable. However, when not properly controlled in recycling centres, the decomposition of food releases methane into the air and atmosphere,a gas more harmful than carbon dioxide. 

Recycling is one of the most important ways of managing your waste as a business while ensuring that you abide by your Duty of Care. Waste company has all the tools to assist you. Give us a call today.

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