Australians are the second highest waste producers in the world. We throw away 3.3 million tonnes of food a year – the equivalent of a quarter of the nations food supply.
The good news is Australians are among the best newspapers recyclers in the world, recycling 74.5% of newspapers in 2005. We’re also now recycling 2.3 billion aluminium cans a year – that’s 600 million more than ten years ago.
But there’s a lot more we can do. Recycling has advanced and we can now remove a wider range of contaminants and can recycle more than just cans and paper.
5 Reasons Why We Should Recycle
1. “Recycling reduces landfills.”
Recycling reduces the need for more landfills. No one wants to live next to a landfill.
2. “Recycling preserves our resources and protects wildlife.”
By recycling, we reduce the need to destroy habitats for animals. Paper recycling alone saves millions of trees.
3. “Recycling saves energy.”
Recycling saves energy because the manufacturer doesn’t have to produce something new from raw natural resources. By using recycled materials we save on energy consumption, which keeps production costs down
4. “Recycling is good for the economy.”
Recycling and purchasing recycled products creates a greater demand for more recycled goods. Goods made from recycled materials use less water, creates less pollution and uses less energy
5. “Recycling helps our climate problems.”
Recycling produces considerably less carbon, which reduces the amount of unhealthy greenhouse gas omissions.