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In honour of International Mother Earth Day, we’ve dedicated this post to recycling, how important it is and the problem with landfills.

First of all, we’ll start with the facts:

  • The amount of packaging sent to landfill in the UK actually increased between 2013 and 2018 by 15%
  • 51 million tonnes of waste that is recyclable ends up in landfill
  • Landfill is the second most used waste treatment method in the UK

But what’s the problem with this?

It’s all well and good giving you these stats on the amount of waste going to landfill, but what’s so wrong with it?

  • When waste breaks down in landfill and water filters through this waste, the liquid formed is called Leachate. This liquid is toxic and pollutes the surrounding land and water ways
  • When waste breaks down, and as it is compacted down, and the oxygen is removed, methane is released. Not only is methane flammable and dangerous, but is one of the biggest contributors to global warming

 

So, all in all, it’s very important for us all to do our bit to make sure that as much waste as possible is diverted from landfill. Recycling is one of the best ways to divert from landfill and to conserve vital raw materials.

 

At Valley Waste, we divert and recycle as much as we can in order to assist in reducing landfill occupancy. Over 70% of what we collect is recycled or re-used. If you’d like a quote, you can request one here or give us a call.


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