Why recycling is important
Recycling is important as it helps us conserve materials, reduce waste in the environment, cut costs and lessen the pressure on landfill sites. By recycling an old product instead of making a new product, energy is saved and this can be put towards something else. For example, if one aluminium can is recycled this saves enough energy to power a TV for 3 hours. Landfill sites use an extremely large portion of our countryside and with an increasing population and subsequently more rubbish; landfills are getting bigger and bigger. Recycling allows rubbish to become re-used instead of buried which can only be a good thing for our environment.
Organisations procedures for recycling and the disposal of hazardous materials
Many organisations adopt a waste hierarchy; disposal, recycle, reuse, reduce. This means that they will try to dispose of any hazardous materials by following legislation, recycle any waste that is able to be recycled, reuse products and sharing items between departments instead of automatically throwing it away, and reduce by asking any suppliers to remove packaging or by trying to reuse or recycle packaging.
Recycling is a necessary part of our lives now and it should be incorporated into work and play so that we get used to recycling instead of disposing. Hopefully this should get easier as governments sign declarations around the world, that they will reduce their carbon emissions in the coming years.