Help your Community & Recycle
The hierarchy is based on the idea that preventing and reducing the amount of waste is better in the long term, reducing the amount of energy and effort required to deal with waste. Reusing items for their original purpose or a linked purpose without any processing is preferable to recycling which requires the expenditure of energy to reprocess the materials. With burning and burial the last options, to be used for waste that cannot be subject to the more desirable methods.
Waste is a problem that we all face and we all have a role to play in its solution. We can help by working to reduce the amount of waste we send for final disposal, make efforts to reduce the waste we produce, reuse where possible and recycle everything we can.
How To Deal With Waste
Waste and how we deal with it is a growing issue in the UK and across the world, with the realisation that the vast majority of the resources that we rely on to sustain our life styles are finite. Traditionally in the UK we dispose of our waste by either burying it or burning it. But the practices of burning and burying waste create significant environmental issues. Burning waste releases climate changing gasses such as carbon dioxide along with other harmful substances. Burying waste also releases climate changing gases, most notably methane which is produced through the decomposition of organic waste. However, methane’s impact is 25 times greater than carbon dioxide. There is also the potential for water contamination from decomposing waste and the release of dangerous compounds into the soil and water supplies. Modern landfill sites try to minimise the potential for these.
Waste reduction should be seen as part of the wider effort to reduce human impacts on the planet and live more sustainably. Waste reduction and recycling have major positive impacts on climate change. Recycling one tonne of steel uses only 5% of the energy required to produce a tonne of steel from ‘virgin’ material, therefore saving large amounts of carbon dioxide. And every tonne of aluminium recycled prevents the extraction and use of five tonnes of bauxite and the associated impacts of processing bauxite.
Aside from the pollution risks, dumping or burning waste represents a wider loss and potential waste of finite resources.
Most people will be familiar with recycling, and there is a suite ofUKand European Union legislation attempting to address the issues of waste and recycling. The focus on recycling is welcome but on its own it is not the solution to waste disposal. A more rounded approach is required. To this end decision makers have adopted the waste hierarchy, which places emphasis on waste reduction and reuse before recycling with incineration and landfill as the least favoured options.
Large Recycling Projects
Finchpalm Environmental works with facilities to bring recycling solutions to large volumes of waste that are not currently being recycled. Our team will develop customised logistics to make it as easy as possible for your operations team to implement.