19 May The Real Positive Impact of Recycling
Since the mid 1990s there has been an increasing amount of focus placed on the importance of household recycling. Programs such as the yearly Clean Up Australia Day have done a lot to bring the benefits of recycling to prominence. Thanks to these initiatives, it is now common practice for councils to provide households with a bin for general waste and a bin for recyclable materials.
The major benefit of recycling is undoubtedly the ability to almost endlessly reuse materials, helping to shrink our carbon footprint. With today’s increased concern of the negative effects of climate change recycling is as important as ever.
With recycling programs having been in operation in Australia for decades now we have had time to see the positive impact behind the effort become noticeable. There are several undeniable positive impacts that have developed through everyday recycling conducted by households.
1. Cutting Back on Resources Used in Production
On average the Australian population, both at home and in businesses, uses more than 5.5 million tonnes of paper and cardboard-related products. From this amount approximately 2.5 million tonnes is then recycled. By making paper from recycled paper as opposed to raw materials manufacturers save water usage by up to 99% and energy usage by up to 50%.
The other key component in household recycling is aluminium. This metal goes on to have a large impact as a manufacturing material. Reclaimed and recycled aluminium can easily be reused in multiple industries. Additionally recycling one tonne of steel is extremely beneficial to both production and the environment. That single tonne of steel saves approximately 1131kg of iron ore, 54kg of limestone, and 633kg of coal.
2. Reduction of Pollution
In a natural environment there is nothing more glaring and disruptive than seeing a burnt-out car or discarded fridge. As these dumped products break down they release harmful and toxic elements into the atmosphere and soil, creating a pollution hazard. This hazard is increased if the vehicle is dumped into a river or near cultivated land.
By recycling unwanted or non-working vehicles, appliances, and machinery to a scrap metal recycling centre you are ensuring that the environmental impact of scrap metal will be minimal.
3. Gaining Access to a Near Unlimited Resource
Unlike other materials that lose quality and structural integrity, each time scrap metals are recycled they maintain their beneficial qualities. Each and every time they are melted down and reforged to suit another purpose they maintain all the strength and durability they initially possessed. This includes common metals just as iron ore and aluminium.
Thanks to the benefits listed above and more recycling will continue to be a positive force in our culture and our economy for decades to come. As we are able to integrate recycled material into more and more products we will be able to reduce our waste output.
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