As time goes on, we are becoming more aware of the effect that waste has on the environment. A big part of reducing the potential damage is engaging the services of a waste management consultancy like Elephants Foot. We are across the many different methods of waste processing such as compacting, baling, use of landfill, and recycling to name a few. All these methods have their pros and cons but ultimately, second to reuse, recycling is an important method. We are going to go a bit deeper into explaining exactly why that is and why you should also play your part in recycling materials such as plastic and glass.

1. Why recycling?

Recyclingis the process of collecting and processing materials that would otherwise be thrown away as trash and turning them into new products. It is an effective method of waste management that utilises materials that would otherwise be sent to landfill. Most methods, use of landfills being one of them, temporarily hide the garbage and do not stop it from adversely affecting the environment. Other methods like incineration cause the release of bad greenhouse gases.

2. Top benefits of recycling

Recycling reduces the amount of waste that ends up being incinerated or sent to landfills. It conserves natural resources like timber and minerals. When you recycle, you prevent pollution by reducing the need to utilise new raw materials which would need to be extracted and processed before use. Recycling can save energy and aids in job creation which has a positive impact on any economy.

3. The steps involved in recycling

The recycling symbol is made up of a continuous loop which represents how the same materials can be used, recycled then used again. The first step is collection of recyclable material. It must be isolated from other non-recyclable materials. For this reason, there are designated recycling bins for paper, plastic and glass. After collection, these materials are sent to a facility where they are cleaned, sorted and processed into materials that can be reused.

The next step is when manufacturers use these recycled materials to make new products. Examples of these include newspapers, paper towels, steel cans and soft drink containers. All the above can contain a certain percentage of recycled materials. The last part is played by the consumer. When someone buys products that contain recycled materials, they close the loop and allow for more products to be recycled.

At Elephants Foot we believe strongly in the power of recycling as part of waste management. We work with a diverse clientele to assist them to play their part in active recycling as part of their waste management strategy.

So, what are you waiting for? Contact our capable team today and we can set up a meeting with you to discuss your waste management needs and how best you can be helped. We are eager to hear from you.