- The need for recycling our waste
Recycling has become a major environmental and political hot potato. We are polluting the planet; it’s getting to the point whereby, very soon, we’ll be more likely to catch a plastic bottle than a mackerel!
The uncomfortable truth is that we are irresponsibly too hasty in our ‘disposal’ of non-biodegradable items, such as plastic bottles and bags. Furthermore, we are most reluctant to even take that first step, by reducing our ‘consumption’ and/or production of such potentially polluting plastics.
So, in respect of non-degradable items, we can either;
- Reuse, or recycle
- Reduce production and consumption
It all makes perfectly logical sense. Plastics and choking our wildlife and contaminating the world’s food chain.
Recycling is a means to make new materials and items from our wonton waste. In the case of non-biodegradable products the options are clear; reuse or find alternative materials!
Nevertheless, too much of our junk ends up not, or slowly, slowly, rotting in landfill sites.
- Tough action on non-biodegradable items!
Sometimes desperate measures need to be taken; one effective measure is for governments’ to impose unpopular tariffs, taxes and bans on the use of non-degradable materials.
Environmental issues plus the threat, or burden, of financial penalties provide incentives aplenty for businesses to change their consumption and production policies.
Take as an example; the English government recently imposed a minimum 5p charge for all plastic bags dished out by supermarkets; the result? A huge, virtually overnight, drop in the consumption of plastic bags!
My point being, as much as environmental factors affect our recycling attitudes financial imposition tends to focus our attentions more readily.
- Which wastes are recyclable?
Recyclable waste includes among other things, glass, certain plastics, metals, rubbers plus, of course, paper and the retailers’ nightmare … cardboard!
Other recyclable wastes include our food and an abundance of garden debris; instead of being buried in landfill sites that risk polluting our water, these items can be composted and reused to invigorate our soil.
- The retailers’ nightmare!
Yes, I’m referring to cardboard. And what’s more, I speak from personal experience.
Most retail outlets are expected to make their own provision for the collection and disposal of their daily/weekly mountain of cardboard boxes and packaging.
It’s often the case that local councils will not collect unless paid a substantial fee; furthermore most recycling plants will not accept ‘industrial’ waste, and that includes retail cardboard. Why? I don’t know.
Cardboard is bulky, difficult to transport and of little value in its ‘box-like’ form. For retailers, it furthermore takes up so much valuable storage space.
- How to save time, money and reduce your business’ carbon footprint
The easy, most effective solution is to hire or rent a specialist baler or compactor that’ll compress and add value to your cardboard waste.
There’s a company that’ll offer you sound advice, an on-site survey and recommendation as to the most suitable solution for your cardboard waste headache.
Your storage, collection and carbon footprint problems all resolved in one fell swoop. A baler will free-up space, save time, money and convert the cardboard into a much more manageable and desirable form.
A trusted supplier will collect all your baled/compressed cardboard at no extra cost!
So, take that first step by visiting the exemplary Mil-tek web site.
You have waste problems, Mil-tek have solutions!