The Recycling Loop
Closing the Loop
It is very important that before we set up new
recycling initiatives we find a market we can give or sell the
material to for recycling. The most important issue is that the
collected material is being recycled or reused and not buried in a
Recovered materials are used in a wide variety
of end products, for example plastic bottles can return as new
bottles, fleece jackets, hats, gloves, mattresses, garden
furniture, fencing, recycling boxes and much more. It is also
important that we as consumers complete the recycling loop so look
for labels stating the products are made from recycled materials
or packaged with recycled content.
Why Buy Recycled Products?
Buying recycled products helps to:
- Stimulate markets for reclaimed materials
- Reduce the amount of materials going to landfill
- Conserve resources and energy
- Create jobs
- Demonstrate commitment to good environmental practice
Purchasing recycled content products and
material helps to ‘close the loop’, creating a demand for materials
recovered from recycling collection schemes. Increased demand for
post consumer recycled products strengthens and sustains local and
national markets leading to economies of scale and price reductions
for finished items. Buying recycled also helps to divert reusable
materials away from landfill, reducing waste disposal costs and
conserving resources, particularly energy.
In the long term
Closing the loop means much more than just
recovering or collecting reusable materials for recycling.
Encouraging manufacturers to incorporate recycled material back
into their products and getting people to buy them requires
significant shifts in our attitudes and behaviour. The long-term
ideal is to incorporate ‘buying recycled’ into the mainstream
business agenda and into everyday consumer purchasing decisions. It
is not an ‘add-on’ extra but a matter of good practice, both
environmentally and economically.
Closing the recycling loop will, in the
long-term, make a valuable contribution to ensuring commercially
sustainable markets for a range of commodities. As part of the
waste development programme for Dacorum we are continually
exploring new opportunities opening in the market place to enable
recycling of a diverse range of materials.