Recycling is good for the environment and saves us money and waste.
Recycling means that materials which would otherwise be thrown away can be made into useful products again and again.
Recycling is good for the environment as we save raw materials, and reduce the need for unnecessary quarrying, mining, logging, manufacturing and transportation, which damage the environment.
It also means we create less waste, which leads to a reduction in the greenhouse gases from the methane released from landfill.
Landfill is also expensive. It costs over £80 per tonne in tax to landfill your rubbish – not including transport and employee costs. This money could be better spent by your council if it wasn’t needed for sending waste to landfill.
How do things get recycled?
Shanks East London provides facilities to increase recycling, and to reduce the amount of waste going to landfill.
Their two Biological Material Recovery Facilities (or Bio-MRFs) enable useful resources to be extracted from waste and Solid Recovered Fuel (SRF) to be produced from household waste, meaning a reduction in the amount sent to landfill by up to 80%.
Shanks also manage three Materials Recycling Facilities (or MRFs) which process recycling, by separating them into different materials. They are then sent off to be recycled into new products.