Why Should We Recycle?

In 2019 there is no excuse for recycling not to be an integral part of society. Encouragingly, the UK has attained a household recycling rate of 45.2% in the past two years, with a target of 50% aiming to be achieved by 2020. These are positive statistics; and while greater efforts can always be made, much of the UK population seem to understand the importance of recycling and reusing in our current climate. With that being said, many people, though recognising important aspects of recycling, fail to fully understand the sheer breadth of benefits that recycling generates for our planet, the animal kingdom and even humankind itself. This article is going to offer a full list of how making the small effort of placing recyclable items in a recycling bin can have such a wide-scale impact on the world.

Conserving resources

Recycling enables post-manufactured products to be broken down into their core materials. These materials can then be acquired by companies, industries and manufacturers to reuse in their products and services once again. This cycle allows new products to reach consumers without virgin resources being used, conserving finite supply for future use.

Recycling saves energy


The process of extracting new elements from the ground and transforming those elements into usable resources requires vastly more energy than is used during the recycling process.

Recycling reduces carbon emissions

The large amount of energy needed in the extraction of raw materials is a catalyst for the harmful greenhouse gases that enter our atmosphere. The recycling process produces much less of these emissions comparably. Reducing greenhouse gases is vitally important in the battle to preserve our ozone layer and combat global warming.

Recycling reduces ocean and land pollution

Pollution often extends beyond the air. Waste that ends up in landfill is usually left to rot for years — decades — centuries. The culmination of so much waste in a enclosed space for such a large period of time is the buildup of hazardous material and chemicals. Some of this is disposed of at a waste treatment centre, but a sizeable amount seeps from the landfill, permeates the ground and animal habitats, and infects our water — much of which will end up coming out of our kitchen taps. Items that are recycled don’t go to landfill and therefore the pollution of our natural environment is reduced.

Recycling conserves land space

A large portion of the Earth’s land is being used to house waste at the persistently increasing array of landfill sites. Recycling reduces the amount of waste that is sent to landfill and therefore preserves the natural space of our planet.

Recycling saves money

In an effort to encourage recycling, the EU and central government imposed UK councils with a landfill tax. This has made recycling far more cost-effective and provides funds for the council to help improve the community.

Recycling creates jobs

The recycling process is comprehensive and requires a large amount of manpower to accomplish. The more that is recycled, the greater the amount of manpower that is needed, and thereby more jobs are created to fulfil this demand.

Here at Enfield Skips, we’re passionate about recycling. We always ensure we recycle as much as possible from the waste in our skips, with our current efforts amounting to a 90% recycling rate. However, we always hope to improve, and we hope to inspire others to recycle too. For more information, or to choose a skip hire company that make a difference, give our friendly team a call today.