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The History of Recycling

Recycling waste is often viewed as a contemporary act of “green citizenship,” which began alongside the 1970s hippie environmental movement. While the term ‘recycling’ was created during the 1970s, the history of recycling goes back much farther than the late 20th century.Defining the term recycling in a historical setting, however,...

How is Paper Recycled?

Paper is one of the most recycled products in Europe, with a recycling rate of 72%. Alongside cardboard, paper exceeds most other waste streams in recycling rates. Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) or E-waste is only recycled 15% of the time.  Why Should Paper Be Recycled? Recycling our paper...

How is Cardboard Recycled?

In the UK, cardboard has the highest recycling rate out of all forms of packaging. In fact, around 70-80% of cardboard waste is recycled annually. Compared to other waste streams, this percentage is impressively high. E-waste, which includes a range of waste electrical and electronic equipment, has a recycling rate...

10 Companies Innovating In The Recycling Space

Here at Collect & Recycle, we explored our top 10 innovative recycling companies that we believe provide a solution towards building a more sustainable planet. These companies in the recycling space are working in various ways to help create a greener planet, such as reducing landfill waste, creating new energy...

Are Batteries Hazardous Waste

Are batteries hazardous waste? Batteries definitely fall under the category of hazardous waste. In February 2010, the UK Environment Agency created battery waste regulations. These regulations ensured that battery waste was disposed of safely and securely.Following these legislations many small businesses who sell batteries were given in-store battery disposal collection bins....

What Happens to Recycled Waste

Recycling is an important way to reduce landfill waste and promote environmental sustainability. When recyclable waste is sent to landfill sites, it is compressed down and compacted under the weight of the landfill. This compaction causes the waste ro break down anaerobically. This anaerobic decomposition causes a release in methane,...

How Much Waste Do We Recycle

Recycling in the UK has become a common discussion point amongst the population, parliament, and businesses. While it’s prevalence as an important limiter for climate change and environmental damage is obvious, many still fail to recycle effectively. In fact, 60% of the waste that is sent to the landfill yearly...

How Does Recycling Reduce Landfill Waste

Why is recycling important for your business?  Recycling has become the forefront in attacking the current climate change crisis. Many businesses in the hospitality and retail sector have begun making a change by reducing single use plastic with their products. While recycling rates in the business world begin to go...

Why Is Recycling Important?

Why is recycling important? Recycling your waste has become increasingly important in the current global warming crisis. There has been a global increase in acknowledging our responsibility to create a positive impact and a greener world. However, many businesses are yet to acknowledge the benefits of recycling. Many do not...

Five Ways To Recycle More In Your Business

In the current climate change crisis, businesses have an increasing responsibility to reduce their waste production and contribute to a greener world. However, for many businesses, this can be a daunting and alien concept if you have not previously been aware of business focused recycling processes. Collect & Recycle are...