Benefits of Recycling Cardboard
Recycling cardboard offers a wealth of ecological and economic benefits.
One of the most significant benefits of recycling cardboard is that it reduces the volume of waste sent to landfill. Landfill sites are notoriously harmful to the local environment through air and water pollution, so by recycling more cardboard, less ends up in landfill which thus lessens the damaging effects.
This is something we’re extremely passionate about here at SL Recycling. As a leading waste management and recycling organisation, we continually strive towards zero-waste-to-landfill through our wide range of waste minimisation, re-using and recycling methods. In fact, we currently recycle approximately 92% of all the materials we handle, focussing on diverting as much waste as possible away from landfill.
Reduce Greenhouse Gases
By reducing the amount of waste that goes to landfill, the amount of greenhouse gases emitted is also reduced. If cardboard was to be sent to landfill, it would release methane (a greenhouse gas) as the material is broken down, which can have a powerful and detrimental impact on the earth’s climate. However, by instead recycling cardboard, the amount of greenhouse gasses released into the environment is heavily reduced.
Recycling cardboard saves a considerable amount of energy. Virgin materials require higher levels of energy to process because more work is needed to produce them – however, a lot of this energy can be saved by recycling existing cardboard.
Another reason it is important to recycle cardboard waste for the production of new cardboard is because it saves a lot of trees. As a result, this helps to prevent deforestation and protect the forests and the wildlife that lives in them. It is also beneficial to oxygen levels and healthy ecosystems.
Creates Job Opportunities
Recycling is a labour-intensive procedure that involves a whole host of activities like collection, sorting, processing, admin, sales and logistics. This, in turn, creates plenty of job opportunities, which also adds to economic stability and growth.
Wide Range of Uses
Recycled cardboard can be used for many different purposes, such as cereal boxes, paper towels, tissues and paperboard.