In north London we throw away almost a million tonnes of rubbish every year, that’s enough to fill eight football stadiums. Throwing away rubbish is expensive; it costs us £120 to put a tonne of waste in landfill, but just £40 to recycle it. Throwing away rubbish also damages the environment; it wastes the energy and materials that are needed to make the products we all use. It can also cause pollution.
Waste disposal costs are projected to increase year on year, as is the amount of household waste we all produce. Reducing how much waste we produce and recycling more will reduce the amount of waste we have to dispose of and, therefore, reduce the cost to north London’s councils of treating this material.
Recycling is easy. Many residents in north London have already been provided with a doorstep recycling service. All boroughs have recycling banks on the street and most boroughs have a local re-use and recycling centre.
Recycling materials, rather than sending them for disposal, helps save valuable resources. It reduces the use of virgin materials and the amount of energy we use to make new products. Recycling materials helps keep the amount of waste sent to landfill down, which is better for the environment.
The increasing restrictions on sending waste to landfill sites makes it more important that we all recycle and compost as much of our waste as we can. We are also running out of space at landfill sites to bury waste.