Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Why Do We Recycle?

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Why Do We Recycle?

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EACH household in the UK now produces, on average, about one tonne of rubbish per year. This amounts to about 27 million tonnes per year. And remember that's just household waste!

This overall amount of rubbish we throw away is increasing every year. This is for a number of reasons:. new packaging materials and technology are being developed;. lifestyle changes such as a greater reliance on fast and convenience food;. increasing affluence, leading to greater consumption of goods;. increasing population. Today's rubbish, compared what we threw away before the 1960s, contains more products that don't break down when they're put in the ground.

Just think of all the plastics in our waste now. Packaging waste makes up about a quarter of all the rubbish you put in your bin. Most of this could be recycled. We need to increase the amount of rubbish that is recycled, because, for example: . we are running out of suitable land in which to bury our waste;. …

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