Why do we recycle?
Find out why recycling is good for the environment and how it diverts valuable materials from disposal
Keeping the world greener!
Recycling reduces waste, saves on energy and reduces emissions.
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It is everyone's responsibility to recycle as much waste as we can. After treatment, these materials are reused which reduces the amount of energy required for re-processing. Opposed to using raw materials, it also benefits the environment.
Recycling correctly not only helps the environment but also has financial benefits for everyone. The more you, the householder, can recycle the more it increased the revenue received from the material. This is why it is important to only recycle items that are requested within the Barrow Borough Recycling Scheme.
Waste disposal has changed dramatically in recent years. In the past all household waste was disposed of at landfill sites. This was the cheapest method, however, it was also the most ecologically damaging, creating methane gas. Some items, such as plastic would take thousands of years to decompose.
Household waste, that cannot be recycled, is delivered to the Mechanical Biological Treatment plant (MBT). This process takes everyday household waste and after processing produces a pellet like item that is used for generating power.