How do recycling facilities help save the planet?
Everyone knows recycling is important, but just how do recycling facilities help save the planet? At Re-Gen, we like to think we’re doing our bit to ensure a greener, cleaner future, and here are just some of the ways we’re helping to reach that goal.
Reducing the need for landfill
The amount of material we can recycle now is huge, with systems and equipment becoming more sophisticated all the time so that the amount of ‘waste’ we actually have reduces. This constant reduction in waste means that there is less need for landfill sites, which are unsightly, dangerous and which impact negatively on the environment by releasing harmful greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, so this is one of the crucial ways recycling facilities are helping to save the planet.
Reducing carbon emissions
Carbon dioxide emissions come from both natural and human sources. The human sources include activities like burning fossil fuels, transportation and deforestation, which all upsets the natural balance in the atmosphere. Recycling facilities help to save the planet by reducing this carbon footprint – reusing materials instead of destroying more natural resources to create new ones, thereby cutting these emissions.
Saving the planet also means looking after our people, so at Re-Gen we’re proud to be able to support our local community by offering jobs and carer progression for our workforce. Every employee hired means that more people are aware of us and what we’re doing, so we’re changing attitudes and perceptions to recycling every day.
Protects natural resources
We need to reduce the rate at which we consume natural resources, and one of the three recycling ‘R’s that were drilled into us from school was ‘reduce’, which is why recycling plants like ours help to reduce the amount of natural resources required to make the same products, and reducing the amount of material that ultimately gets sent to landfill. By helping to reduce this reliance on energy consumption for making new products we’re helping to protect the planet and our collective future by preserving natural resources for future generations.
Making energy from waste
Our recycling plant is called a WtE facility, which literally means we can make energy from the waste we process. This energy is recovered from material that would normally just be thrown away, so instead we harness it, and use it to generate electricity to provide heat and power to communities. The little that’s left over is all that’s sent to landfill.
New machinery R&D
One of the unlikely ways we’re helping to save the planet is through our R&D efforts, to continually find new ways to process waste streams as efficiently as possible. Where we can, we build our own bespoke machinery to make sure that we’re pursuing continuous improvements in our quest to help save the planet. You can read more about our engineering division here.