Each household produces around 1 tonne of rubbish every year.
The amount of rubbish we throw away is increasing due to things like lifestyle changes and an increasing population.
We need to increase the amount of rubbish that is recycled because we cannot continue to landfill or burn it forever. This is recognised by Government who are thinking of ways we can reduce the amount of rubbish that we produce and increase the amount of rubbish we re-use and recycle.
National Waste Strategy
England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland have each developed a National Waste Strategy which outlines how the UK plans to deal with the increasing amount of rubbish produced each year and meet various European recycling targets. The strategies contain information on how the UK will deal with all sorts of waste including packaging, electronics, batteries and end of life vehicles. They also contain waste statistics and detail the different people responsible for waste management in the UK.
You can read more about each of these strategies by clicking on the links below:
Increasing recycling rates
However, these strategies and changes will not happen overnight. To increase recycling rates we need to:
- Collect more materials in recycling bins
- Build more recycling plants
- Educate people about what can be recycled
- Find ways of turning recycled materials into useful items