As bad as the environmental situation seems, there is still hope in keeping this Earth alive. Everybody, from individuals up to big industries and nations, needs to work hard to achieve a change in reducing climate change. Changes in the Earth’s usual atmosphere can lead to dangerous calamities and temperature increases. Recycling is one of the most accessible ways you can help in mitigating the climate change crisis that is happening currently. There is no better time to start recycling than now.
Plastic recycling saves a lot of energy
When plastic products come from recycled plastics, you save more than two-thirds of energy consumption. Only as much as 12% of the required energy to produce plastics from new resources if you use recycled materials. This energy efficiency is so high such that, Sustainability Victoria states this, “recycling 1 plastic bottle saves energy to power a computer for 25 min.”
On top of that, paper recycling also helps in saving landfill space intended for paper waste, decreasing greenhouse gas emissions from paper disposal. Another positive effect is that you save new materials meant to make paper products. With collective efforts to lessen energy consumption by plastic recycling, there is less contribution to climate change.
Plastic in the environment
Plastic is everywhere. The numbers are high. The production of plastic already takes up 4% of the world’s petroleum production every year. With over 3 million tonnes of plastic in circulation in Australia, the effects of improper disposal lead to detrimental effects on people and wildlife. In Australia, only 12% of plastic go to recycling, where do rest go? They go to the landfills, incinerators and oceans.
Plastic is one of the main waste types that pollute nature and kill wildlife. We clog oceans and water sources with plastics every single day. Nations should put more enforcement in regulating the usage and distribution of plastic bags as they can take anywhere from 15 to 1000 years to break down in the environment. This pollution is harmful to the planet.
Landfills for waste disposals
Sending your trash straight to the landfill is unlawful and pollutant. Landfills look endless and the most convenient. It’s simple to turn landfills into large areas of big contributors to climate change via large emissions of greenhouse gases. The good news is, there is still hope for landfills. Strict management and strategy in Australia can make landfills into one of the best options for waste disposal. Landfills can still turn into a sustainable solution and a study from University College London states this:
“radically modernising landfill practices would reduce emissions to 591 metric tonnes, while moving to renewables, … reduce emissions by 96% to 28 tonnes.”
Aluminium is 100% recyclable
One of the most durable and long-lasting metals with high abundance in the Earth’s crust. However, like other products, it still takes large amounts of resources to produce Aluminium products for daily use. This contributes to large carbon footprints The good news is, you can recycle Aluminium endlessly. Imagine the number of resources and energy it takes to make a new one instead of recycling the old one.
“…100% recyclable. Approximately 75% of the aluminium ever produced is still in use today as it can be recycled endlessly without compromising any of its unique properties or qualities.” – from Australian Aluminium Council
Recycling and climate change affect one another. The more that people recycle items, the less need to produce them. Producing newer batches of products requires more time and greater resources than recycled ones. Recycle your trash to make a more sustainable lifestyle that doesn’t always rely on newer things that can come from the expense of the environment.
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Kurt’s Rubbish Removal recycles your waste. In addition to the rubbish removal services we offer to you, we make sure in doing our part to reduce possible contributions to climate change. The world right now is slightly more challenging to navigate with all harm and danger that comes from the environment we depend on. With more than 20 years in the industry, we know exactly what to do to your garbage. Work with us in fighting against the dreadful effects of climate change!
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