Today is a day where we reflect. A day we take a look at the world around us. When you look outside your window you may not see the horrific damage we as species have done to the beautiful earth we call home. But the outcomes of the actions we have taken and the decisions we have made, has taken a toll on our home. Lets strive for a greener future…for ALL!
The Importance of Recycling for a Greener Future
We all need to understand how important recycling is. It’s not just one small act made by one single person. It might seem as though recycling every week as an individual will make little to no difference, but it does. Every bit counts and here are some benefits if we all recycled together:
- One ton of recycled cardboard saves 6.880 cubic meters of landfill space
- Recycling plastic takes 88% less energy than making it from raw materials
- Recycling one ton of plastic bottles saves the equivalent energy usage of a two person household for one year
- One ton of recycled paper saves 26 495 liters of water
- Each ton of recycled paper can save 17 mature trees
- A stack of recycled newspaper just 3 feet high saves one tree
- Recycling a single aluminum can saves enough energy to power a TV for 3 hours
- Recycling 1 glass bottle saves enough energy to light a 100-watt light bulb for 4 hours
These are only a few examples that would benefit our planet, however, looking at recycling in a different perspective can show us just how important of an action it is for everyone to take in order to create a greener future. If you are unsure of recycling centers located in Cape Town, here are a couple: L&B Recycling and Atlantic Recycling.
Recyclable Products into Materials
It is interesting and exciting to know that your plastics and other recyclable products get processed into a material that can be sold, just like any raw materials would be. This happens after collection, sorting and cleaning. For more information around recycling, you can read our blog from last year.
Today is Global Recycling Day. Together, let’s all strive to recycle as much as possible this year. 2022 will be the year we turn things around for our planet.
Let’s do this!