People throw away enough garbage every day to fill 63,000 garbage trucks. If people are encouraged to recycle waste, then the world’s total waste could be reduced and could make a positive difference. Recycling slogans are everywhere, but the public has only recently begun to realise the importance of reusing items and conserving the resources that are available. It is only now in the 21st century that many people are considering recycling centres, shredding services, and reusing materials.
The Throw Away Culture
The 1950’s was the dawn of a new age of convenience foods and products that people could throw away, such as the cardboard credit card, a new market in disposable diapers (2.1% of waste by 2006), disposable paper tissues, and ‘AA’ batteries. By the 1960s, the trend for single use or throw away items meant that people discarded 88.1 million tons of waste every year. Today, there is a landfill crisis, and each person throws away a staggering one million pounds of waste material every year.
Office Paper Waste
Offices use four million tons of photocopy machine paper each year, amounting to 10,000 sheets of paper for every office worker in the country. That doesn’t even include all the other consumables that are regularly thrown away. Only 275 pounds of paper waste per person is recycled.
Recycling is important because it conserves the trees, minerals and water supply and reduces ‘greenhouse’ gases that result from deforestation. It is also a better use of resources and eases the pressure on landfill sites and creates new jobs for people who work in the recycling industry.
Business owners and those in charge of the household can make a positive difference to the world by choosing to recycle their home and office waste so that it doesn’t end up in a landfill and can be turned into something else.
For shredding services and recycling solutions for paper, metals, wood and plastic with a guarantee of zero waste to landfill, it is best to send your used but recyclable materials to a recycling centre that could help save the environment.