Waste management is a major problem that confronts governments everywhere, because the generation of waste is causing untold damage to our environment. The goals our governments are trying to achieve in preventing and minimizing waste can be summed up in the “3Rs rule”, which is, Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle. The ultimate objective in the future is to achieve a level of zero-waste as many people in the UK and US buy into this philosophy and live less wastefully.
Recycling does more than just keep waste from being disposed of in the local landfills. Materials recovery facility, or Materials recycling facility (MRF), contribute to reducing the waste stream as they process the recycled material (e.g. paper) to sell to manufacturers as raw materials for new products. MRFs therefore not only reduce the demand for the original raw material (e.g. wood), but reduce the pollution associated with processing of the wood.
By recycling your plastic, glass, aluminium, and plastic waste you, are assisting with the manufacture of new products that do not use raw materials. This process of recycling your unwanted trash uses less energy and other limited natural resources than the manufacture of the original product would use.
In the UK, the recycling rate for household waste was 45.7% in 2017 which was a small increase on the previous year. (Source: https://www.recyclingbins.co.uk/)
This was before the outbreak of COVID-19, which has delivered a health crisis throughout the world. The corona virus spreads easily through close contact between humans, and because it is so deadly, there have been fundamental changes in the way we all live.
With the speed at which the virus spreads throughout the world, the closure of national borders and the end of air travel, environmentalists and scientists tried to demonstrate the positive aspects of the pandemic on the environment with the improvement in air quality as industries shut down, and the reduction in CO2 emissions. The way the virus spreads though, has resulted in environmental issues taking a backseat as containment of this virus has become a priority everywhere.
Changes have taken place in our societies with normal interaction between people curtailed or stopped completely. This pandemic has changed the way we shop, go out to restaurants, and attend social meetings, as this human interaction is a way the virus can spread. Sports have been suspended, and all large social gatherings have been limited.
More Disposable Items Used mean More Waste
Because Covid-19 is a new virus, studies about its behavior are not definitive with the result that there is much conflicting evidence and advice. How long does it live on various surfaces?
When the local council waste collection department is unable to collect your waste, a rubbish removal company will be able to assist you. At Junk Removal Wirral, our focus is on the collection and disposal of household, garden, and trade waste efficiently and responsibly. We are licensed and are as committed to a clean environment as you are.
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