Litter is a problem we all have to live with. Walk down any high street and you’ll see dropped crisp packets, food, drinks cans and a whole array of other rubbish on the ground, when often there is a perfectly good litter bin only a few metres away.
Of course, most people use the bins as they’re meant to and don’t drop litter where they’re standing simply because it seems more convenient. Of course, it’s not convenient to drop litter. It’s untidy, unhygienic, diverts resources to cleaning it up that could be better used elsewhere and it ultimately has a massive effect on the state of the planet.
So imagine if we took away all the bins. What would we do? Would we all just drop litter on the street, or would we think more carefully about what waste we create in the first place and recycle more carefully? Either way, we would undoubtedly end up with an even bigger mess than we have at the moment, simply because there’d be fewer waste disposal facilities. It makes you realise just how integral waste facilities such as bins are to the functioning of our every day lives.
When you consider that 12.5 million tonnes of waste was sent to landfill in 2009/2010, it further hammers home the point about how we dispose of the waste we produce. The amount of waste going to landfill is decreasing steadily, which is great news as it means people are recycling more, but this is still a massive statistic. So, there are lots of reasons why using bins correctly and minimising waste is a really good idea. Here are a few of the best:
1) Using recycling bins and other facilities reduces the amount of waste going to harmful landfill sites.
2) The material is then recycled instead of junked, meaning there is less stress on primary resources and we all live in a more sustainable manner.
3) Disposing of cigarette butts in special bins is tidier and contains the smell to one area.
4) Using high street bins to throw away rubbish while you’re out stops the streets becoming dirty, which helps to keep down rodent problems.
5) We throw away proportionately more waste at the office than we do at home, so installing proper recycling bins in your workplace will minimise the impact of this and give you more credibility with your clients.
This is just the tip of the iceberg, but it’s clear just how important this issue is to all of us.