Recycling: Good For Your Home, Good For Your Health

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According to research, more than two-thirds of Australians are concerned about household waste. In particular, the accumulation of rubbish and disposing of it. The amount of rubbish we generate each week seems to grow steadily. Landfill sites are getting bigger, and we are consuming more resources to remove waste. This is why recycling is an essential part of our future planning.

Why Recycle?

1. Conserves Resources
When an item is no longer needed, we have several options. We could dispose of it, give it away, or recycle it. If we recycle the item, this will reduce the need to buy a replacement. For example, recycling an old couch negates the need to buy a new one. If we all took this approach, we could conserve resources. We wouldn’t need to extract as many raw materials from the earth to create new furniture.

2. Saves Energy
Research demonstrates that recycling consumes less energy than creating new items from raw materials. This takes into account transport costs, etc. Far more energy is consumed in obtaining raw materials and through manufacturing processes.

3. Reduces Landfill Sites
If we recycle items rather than throwing them away, this will reduce the amount of space required for landfill. These sites not only occupy land but they emit significant greenhouse gasses which are harmful to the environment.

4. Reduces Threat To Marine Life
Recycling helps to reduce the threat to marine life. Each year over 6,000,000 tonnes of rubbish is dumped into the world’s oceans. Plastic and other materials are estimated to kill over 1,000,000 seabirds and 100,000 mammals every year.

5. Helps Improve Wellbeing
We now know that clutter is bad for our health. It contributes to anxiety and makes us feel guilty and unhappy. Decluttering helps to improve our wellbeing and state of mind. Recycling is a big part of this. The satisfaction of knowing that we have helped the environment is also good for our mental health.

6. Improves Your Home
No-one likes a messy home. It makes it difficult to function in, and it looks unsightly. Your home is your fortress and sanctuary. When you walk through the front door, it should be warm and inviting. If it’s filled with clutter and old furniture, this not likely to be the case. Some items can’t be recycled. For those, you can arrange for same day rubbish removal to immediately free up some space. Always opt for reputable firms who will dispose of waste in the most eco-friendly way possible.

If you’re not into DIY, you don’t have to recycle items yourself. There are lots of ways to do this, without breaking out the glue gun. Your curbside collection will deal with household items. There are countless options for other waste products. If you can’t make use of them, someone else may benefit. Consider donating to local charities or schools. Or you could take items to salvage yards or eco-friendly disposal sites where items can be reused. It’s satisfying to know that your unwanted newspapers are being transformed into bedding for animals, etc. Items that can be recycled include:

  • Paper
  • Batteries
  • Electronic goods including computers, TVs, etc.
  • Glass
  • Metal
  • Mobile phones
  • Plastic

Recycling makes sense. Not only is it economically viable, but it also helps minimize damage to the Earth and its inhabitants. On a smaller scale, it is good for you and good for your home.

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