Recycling Waste In The UK: A Smart Initiative

Recycling Waste In The UK- A Smart Initiative

The UK has officially become a top sponsor for recyclers and waste management services. Waste collection involves systematic segregation of various types of wastes and then disposing of them scientifically.

Here are some important facts you should know about waste collection and how it is being put to good use.

  • UK produces 22.9 million tonnes of domestic waste every year out of 290 million tonnes of overall waste. Other significant contributors are hospitals, medical research facilities, industries and marine installations, especially oil and gas sectors.
  • In the last 10 years, the volume of waste recycling has increased by over 300 percent.
  • Around 70 percent of the waste is used in Green Revolution movements and to fill wastelands.
  • By 2020, UK will become one of the few nations to achieve 50 percent success as far as recycling household wastes are concerned.

What’s good about recycling wastes?

Britain is following waste recycling program since 2003. Most of the recycling of waste is done by statutory authorities. Recycling of the commercial and industrial wastes is accounted largely by private companies.

Local authorities collect and recycle municipal waste as per the Household Waste Recycling Act, 2003. The recycling has ensured that wastes like glass, electronic items, plastics, metal cans, paper cardboards and clothing fabrics are economised for optimised use.

Waste recycling of jars, bottles, mirrors and shields cuts down COemissions and saves energy. UK has 50,000 Bottle Banks to collect glass in any form. Recycled paper uses much lesser resources than what is required to manufacture raw paper. Still, a lot of improvements are to be made in domestic paper waste recycling.

Waste recycling saves energy, produces much lesser greenhouse gases and the finished goods are exported for use to the Third World countries.


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