It is time to hold your breath and dive into your rubbish bins so that you can see how much you throw away on a regular basis that could be recycled instead. There are probably many items in your rubbish that could have been reused or recycled.
It is estimated that about 60% of all household waste could be recycled; which means that there is probably a lot more that you could take out of the trash bag and place into a recycling bin instead if you were to take a better look through the bin.
Every year in the UK about 434 tonnes of rubbish is collected. Most of the rubbish is burned up inside of incinerators or even worse, will be placed in a landfill where it will slowly build up. Some rubbish is even buried underground and then piled up creating pollution in the air, water, and soil around the region.
Plastic by itself takes around four centuries to decompose, so you can imagine how long a rubbish heap will remain a rubbish heap. There are some regions in the UK that only have a decade or less before they run out of landfill space.
You would think these facts would be enough to scare most people into recycling, but apparently they o not work since every year the amount that gets thrown away actually increases instead. Therefore, now is the time to stop and take notice of very item that you toss into the trash, because chances are there are a lot of other things that you could be doing.
It is an individual responsibility to think about what goes into the trash, but collectively if everyone agrees to do so we can help prevent pollution and reduce the amount of landfill space within the UK.