Although the oldest form of waste disposal, landfill sites also happens to be one of the most ineffective. Just imagine, had we have carried on the way we were, digging a hole in the ground and burying our rubbish, where would we be now? Way back when, we were allowed to dump our rubbish everywhere. None of this separation of plastics from metals, and what can be recycle and what can’t. It’s all a bit confusing, we know, so here is a bit of an explanation to help you know exactly why we recycle in the first place.
Recycling: A bigger perspective
So you want to be more environmentally friendly but you don’t really know much about it? Here’s a quick non scientific approach for people who, to be honest, don’t know very much. Everyone has heard of CO2, sea levels rising and greenhouse gases, but aren’t quite sure of what they mean.
Well here it is; as we produce greenhouse gases, such as carbon dioxide, we damage the Ozone Layer. The Ozone layer is within the earths atomosphere and when greenhouse gases react with it, this lets more UV rays directly from the sun enter the atmosphere. This makes the ice at the polar ice caps melt, this in turn makes the sea levels rise. And this is destructive to all everyone on the planet. It’s as simple as that.
Why aren’t landfill sites plausible, going forward?
The Landfill site directive has helped the UK to start managing waste much better than we did 20 years ago. There are an estimated 4000 landfill sites operating in the UK today however, this directive has forced some to stop recieving waste and instead just work to the absolution and degradation of it.
Landfill sites are only allowed to acted and dispose of certain materials. The government have now put into place regulations whereby anything corrosive, explosive or flammable may not be dumped in the landfill. So what are we to do with all the corrosive, explosive and flammable waste? Recycle of course.
However, to add to these rules and regulations, a landfill site also has to operate within certain areas. A landfill can not be authorised anywhere that is too close to a residential area, where there is an existence of ground or coastal water, where there is a risk of flooding or landslide or where there is natural or cultural heritage.
Why does recycling your car help?
Recycling your car helps to save the environment as instead of going to natural sources to mine metals, used used metal stops us using things such as Carbon Dioxide,Methane and Nitrous Oxide and some fossil fuels. Therefore greenhouse gases are used to a lesser degree, helping to prevent the whole sorry process from happening.
Now for some statistics…
- Up to 80% of your car can and will be recycled.
- Worldwide, nearly 400 million tonnes of metal is recycled every year.
- In the last 10 years, the UK has reduced the amount of waste we produce by 12%
- In 2002, of the nine million cars discarded throughout Europe, a quarter of these ended up of landfill sites. Nowadays, every car in the UK is recycled by an Authorised Treatment Facility, even if it is abandoned.