Every year 18 million tonnes of waste is put into landfill sites. On average every person in the UK throws their own weight in waste away every 7 weeks! Every eight months the UK produces enough waste to fill Lake Windermere. Many people underestimate the benefits of recycling and choose not to recycle because they do not see the point.
Paper is one of the main things that get sent to landfill sites. It takes about 500,000 trees to produce the Sunday newspapers. 70% less energy is used to recycle paper than making it from raw materials. Other items that can be recycled are, glass, aluminium cans, plastic, packaging ect.
Recycling one aluminium can saves enough energy to run a TV for three hours. An aluminium can that is thrown away will still be a can 500 years from now! The energy saved from recycling one glass bottle can run a 100-watt light bulb for four hours. It also causes 20% less air pollution and 50% less water pollution than when a new bottle is made from raw materials. A modern glass bottle would take 4000 years or more to decompose.
By recycling our waste we are saving money as we are not sourcing materials to make things from raw materials. We are not only saving money by recycling we are also creating new jobs. Incinerating 10,000 tonnes of waste creates 1 job, if the same waste was put into a landfill site it would create 6 jobs but by recycling the same 10,000 tonnes it would create 36 jobs for people in the community.
The money that we are saving by recycling means that the government can put the money towards more important things such as community projects and improving provisions for the community. By recycling we are looking after our future and future generations.