Ever wanted to know just what the tangible environmental benefits are of recycling at work? BusinessRecycling now provides this valuable information for some of the most recycled materials.
A NSW Government Life Cycle Assessment was undertaken to provide measures that relate to the "everyday" environmental benefits of recycling at work. It took into account not only the recycling process itself but also the avoided processes such as material production from virgin sources. There were four indicators used:
- Greenhouse Benefits - which we converted to number of kilometres driven by an average car.
- Energy Savings - which we converted to average household monthly electricity requirements.
- Water Savings - which we converted to average sized bath tubs full of water.
- Landfill Space Savings - which we converted to number of average sized wheelie bins of solid waste
You could find out how much water is saved recycling paper; how much greenhouse gas is saved recycling plastic; or how much solid waste is saved by recycling concrete.
So why not discover the environmental benefits of recycling? Click on the materials below to find out what you're saving.
Calculate the environmental benefits of recycling using the NSW EPA's Recyculator.
Find out more about the Environmental Benefits of Recycling Study.