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March 14, 2018

Let’s all recycle to save our precious planet

Stephen Hawking, the world renowned scientist who sadly died on Wednesday, had huge fears about the effects of global warming on our precious planet. In fact he warned that it was one of the possible ways in which life on earth could be wiped out in just 200 years – the others being an asteroid strike, Artificial Intelligence, and over-population.

In July he said: ‘Our physical resources are being drained, at an alarming rate. We have given our planet the disastrous gift of climate change. Rising temperatures, reduction of the polar ice caps, deforestation, and decimation of animal species. We can be an ignorant, unthinking lot.’

The first Global Recycling Day on Sunday highlights the benefits of recycling on climate change, with the organisers explaining: “Climate change is the major, overriding, environmental issue of our time and the recycling industry is at the heart of the change that is needed to combat its devastating effects. Recycling (whether industrial or at home) saves more CO2 emissions each year than are generated by the entire aviation industry, while simultaneously protecting the earth’s valuable natural resources.”

Put simply, if we recycle a product rather than creating one from scratch, less harmful Greenhouse Gases are emitted and the earth’s natural resources are protected. Take, for example, that household essential: toilet paper. It takes 70% less energy and water to recycle paper than to create new paper from trees. Manufacturing with recovered paper cuts down on pollution that contributes to smog and ill health. And recycling one tonne of paper is said to save 17 trees and more than 3.3 cubic yards of landfill space.

Here at Chambers we recycle a minimum of 98 per cent of the waste we handle for our trade, construction and household customers – be it plasterboard, aggregates, wood, metal, plastic, cabling and glass or paper and card. But we are also working hard to change attitudes towards recycling – it’s down to each and every one of us to reduce, reuse and recycle to help preserve our planet.

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