Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past few years, you’ve probably heard about the need for more recycling and less just throwing away of waste. But with the consequences being so far removed from our everyday lives, it can be easy to wonder whether recycling will actually make any difference in the long run, or whether it’s just one extra thing to think about on top of a very busy lifestyle.
Throwing away rubbish probably isn’t something you even think about. You just put it in the bin and that’s it, but should you be sorting it, and what benefits does recycling on a personal level have anyway. According to the, UK households threw away 22.4 million tonnes of waste in 2014, working out at 413kg per person , which sounds like a lot and honestly really is. While recycling doesn’t help to reduce the overall amount of waste, it really can have plenty of benefits on a personal level.
If you recycle, it can really help to reduce the amount of waste that you put into your general waste bin, and with biweekly collections being very common these days, this really can be a huge help. Sorting your waste is not a huge or long task, but you’ll be shocked at how much more room you have in your general waste bin, just by sorting your waste into what can be recycled and what can’t.
Recycling is set to only become more and more important in the future for the sake of the planet and reducing the amount of land taken up by landfill. If you are able to take the time to recycle now, not only will you form the habit yourself, but you’ll be instilling in your children that recycling is the norm – protecting the planet for them in the future. It may seem like a far off problem, one that we probably won’t see in our lifetime, but the destruction of our planet is becoming a real problem and needs to be tackled.
If you’re really looking for personal gain from recycling, you can rest in the knowledge that you’re doing your bit to save the planet. You get to be smug and know that you’re doing what you can to offset your carbon footprint, and what is more satisfying than being smug, especially when you barely have to put in any effort too.
There’s cash to be made from recycling too. There are various schemes (at least in the UK) which allow you to earn cash from recycling. It may not be enough to buy you a million-pound mansion and allow you to retire, but every little helps, and if it allows you to treat yourself a little bit, why not look into what schemes are available in your area.
Obviously, these are just a few of the benefits of recycling, and there are hundreds, if not thousands more benefits of spending that two minutes sorting out your waste. From a global to a personal level, recycling can be a massive help and if you’re still having doubts if you can find the time to recycle, you can easily sort your waste in the five minutes it takes the kettle to boil. No matter what your motivation for recycling, the important thing is that you do it – it’s not as if it’s something you’ll ever end up regretting.