You could be forgiven for thinking that there doesn’t seem much point in recycling anymore, prices for recycled materials are apparently falling through the floor and we’re now being informed that actually, recycling only adds to global warming. Of course there are still a multitude of good reasons why recycling remains vitally important, but we need to focus on these and resist any over-reactions to negative statements that may arise from time to time.
In the world of recycling huge gains have been made in a relatively short space of time. It’s inevitable that as that sharp incline begins to slow down, more questions will be raised as to the validity of the process. It’s imperative that no ground is lost if, as a nation, we begin to question the reasons for recycling. If any ground is lost it will be extremely difficult to recover.
So, what are some of the main reasons why recycling remains so important to the future of our planet?
- Plastics – Some form of plastic is evident in so many of the items we use on a daily basis that demand for the material is huge. Originally incineration was heralded as the best way for dealing with the recycling of plastic but research has shown that recycling saves more energy that burning it. Carbon emissions can also be saved by the export of recycled material, as opposed to incineration.
- Landfill – Landfill has long been a growing problem in the UK. Again by shipping recycled materials to countries such as China carbon emissions are saved. Unbelievably it produces less CO2 to ship materials across the ocean than it does to use landfill and then create new products.
- Paper & card – the recycling of paper and card is the most preferable way of dealing with these materials and the process saves a great amount of greenhouse gas emissions into the bargain.
Although prices have fallen for recycled materials in recent months, the signs are that they are now beginning to stabilise again. The important thing is that as most families have embraced the idea of recycling it has become part of daily life. Most people seem extremely happy to be doing their bit for the environment and understand the basic reasons for doing so. It also creates a feel-good factor to be helping to preserve the environment for future generations.
At RecycleIT4U we understand why taking care to dispose of your old computer hardware properly is important both from the viewpoint of the environment and the protection of your data. The components of a computer can include a dangerous mixture of hazardous and toxic chemicals, including lead and mercury. Some of the chemicals may also release dioxins if burned. Ensuring that these elements are kept away from groundwater or from being released into the air is extremely important for the environment.
Using a specialist recycler will ensure that that any hazardous materials and chemicals are removed safely and correctly. Based in Telford, Shropshire, Recycle IT 4U was formed in 2004 to help organisations dispose of electronic equipment in an environmentally friendly manner and in accordance with all relevant legislation. We pride ourselves in refurbishing, reusing and recycling for spares and repairs as much as possible, so equipment can have a second lease of life.
Any equipment not suitable for our refurbishment programme or spares, is separated and then sent in bulk to our Strategic Partner, the world’s largest waste management company for further recycling and separation into glass, metal and plastics and reintroduced into the manufacturing chain as raw materials. We can offer cash rebates on PCs and laptops less than 3 years old, if fully populated with all components and suitable for our refurbishment programme. We can also arrange for the destruction and wiping of unwanted sensitive data.