Why should I recycle packaging?

Why should I recycle packaging?

We live in a world where most of us are making new purchases on a daily basis. Almost all of the goods we buy are supplied in some form of packaging. The packaging helps keep the goods in the condition that we would expect, provides vital information and helps differentiate one brand from others.

Packaging can come in many forms, sizes and is made from a variety of materials. The good news is that in most cases today, the majority of packaging is recyclable but it will need to be separated and sorted. In some cases, such as food packaging, this will need rinsing in used washing up water prior to being recycled.

Packaging is an unavoidable part of everyday life and the unfortunate truth is that packaging is often viewed as waste. Having contained products efficiently, it comes to the end of its useful life rather quickly.

Recycling unwanted packaging has many benefits.

Recycling helps to conserve resources, save energy, protect the environment and reduces the amount of rubbish we produce. When we recycle, used materials are converted into new products, reducing the need to consume more raw materials and reducing the need for further extraction (mining, quarrying and logging), all of which use massive amounts of energy and may cause local pollution. Using recycled materials uses less energy than that required for producing new products from raw materials.