why do we recycle?
household produces around one tonne of rubbish every year, which equates to
around 29.1 million tonnes for the UK each year. That is the same weight of
approximately 4.85 million male African Elephants!
of rubbish that we throw away is increasing for a number of reasons:
packaging materials and technology is being developed
changes. For example, a greater reliance on fast and convenience food
affluence, leading to greater consumption of goods
compared to pre-1960s rubbish, contains more products that don't break down
when they are put into the ground. Packaging waste makes up about a quarter
of all of the rubbish you put into your bin. Most of this rubbish could be recycled.
We need to
increase the amount of rubbish that is being recycled, because we cannot carry
on burying and burning rubbish forever. This is recognised by the government
who are thinking of ways to reduce the amount of rubbish that we produce and
increase the amount we reuse and recycle.
changes will not happen overnight. To increase recycling we need to:
more rubbish in recycling bins and on doorsteps ready to be recycled
more recycling plants
people about recycling
sure there are enough rubbish trucks to collect the recyclable rubbish
ways of making recycled materials into useful items. Did you know that some
fleece jackets are made from recycled plastic bottles?