Why Is Plastic Recycling Important?

Why Is Plastic Recycling Important?

Plastics are one of the most versatile materials that we make use of. They are all around us, whether at home, at work, when we go shopping or even when we’re on holiday. However, the prevalence of plastics also means that we have large amounts to then dispose of. Moreover, recycling plastic is very important, but why?

As you may be aware, there are many types of plastics, and many types of plastics can be recycled. But, you’re probably unaware as to why environmentalists and waste experts take plastic recycling so seriously.

As the owner of 4 Waste Removals, I’m asked this question often. So today, I will answer this for you and everyone else out there wondering the same thing. Continue reading as I list just some reasons why plastic recycling is important.

1. Plastics make up a huge amount of our solid waste

plastics in landfill

As I mentioned, there are large amounts of plastics that are disposed of as solid waste. But you’ll probably be surprised to know that plastics dispose of more than 12% of all solid waste. This is equivalent to 30 million tons of plastic being disposed of yearly!

The unfortunate part about plastic disposal is that it is simply thrown into landfills and other waste. Given that most types of plastic can be recycled sending plastics to landfills is a terrible thing to do to the environment. We are running out of landfill space at an alarming rate, so we must refrain from disposing of plastic and solid waste.

2. Plastic takes ages to break down

Let me ask you this; do you know how long it takes for plastics to degrade back into the environment? The answer may surprise you. It’s between 500-1000 years. This is well beyond comprehension for most people.

Simply put, when we dump plastics into landfills, it doesn’t break down easily. Rather, it clogs up valuable landfill space and can take centuries to break down.

Furthermore, if plastics are sent to waste processing facilities, they can overburden the facility, which leads to another issue. The burning of plastic is very harmful to the environment. And as if these two things weren’t bad enough, if plastics are disposed of in the ocean, they become contaminated. I will discuss this further in the next point.

Here, at 4 Waste Removals, we don’t send the plastics we collect as waste to landfills. Rather, we segregate plastics from other types of waste and send them to a facility that offers rubbish recycling in Brisbane.

3. Plastic pollution is a major problem

While plastic pollution is prevalent in landfills, as mentioned, it’s not the only place where plastics cause pollution. As a matter of fact, 90% of all waste that is floating on the surface of oceans is plastic. That can be approximated to about 46,000 pieces of plastic per square mile!

And plastics in the ocean harm our ecosystem. Over a million sea birds and over 100,000 marine animals are killed yearly by plastic pollution. Furthermore, 44% of seabird species, 22% of crustaceans, a growing range of fish species and all sea turtles are known to have plastic in their bodies.

Plastic pollution is a major problem that must be dealt with immediately. If we don’t stop it now, we’ll only create a bad environment for future generations.

4. Not all types of plastics can be recycled

I mentioned that most types of plastics can be recycled. However, certain types of plastics, including Styrofoam, trash bags, zip pouches, bubble wrap, cereal box plastic, clear plastic wrap, potato chips bags, some department store plastic bags, candy wrappers, 6-pack plastic and soiled plastic bags and bottles, cannot be recycled.

There are several economic and technical reasons why these forms of plastic cannot be recycled. But the bottom line is that no matter what we do, this plastic waste will inevitably reach landfills. And this plastic waste will accumulate, creating a volume of refuse that won’t go away easily.

As such, you should ensure that you recycle other types of plastic as much as possible. The types of plastic that can be recycled include polystyrene (compact disc cases, plastic forks, etc.), polypropylene (medicine bottles), vinyl packaging, low-density polyethylene (disposable cups) and high-density polyethylene (milk bottles). If you’ve been disposing of these types of plastic along with other plastics, then I urge you to stop doing so.

And if this all sounds too confusing or you have masses of plastics to dispose of, simply contact a company that specialises in rubbish recycling in Brisbane, such as 4 Waste Removals. We will collect all your plastic waste and send it to the nearest recycling depot for you.

5. Recycled plastics can be put to good use

Another reason why plastic recycling is important is that it can be put to good use rather than unnecessarily ending up in landfall. Recycled plastic can be used to create items such as shampoo bottles, oil funnels, floor tiles and traffic cones, among many other products.

Moreover, there are many innovative ways to use recycled plastic. For example, recycled plastic can create construction decks, sports clothing, vehicle interiors and other products.

As you can see, plastic can live many lives, so why on earth would you cut its life short – hurting the environment in the process?

6. Plastic recycling conserves energy and the environment

Finally, my last reason as to why plastic recycling is important is this. For every 1 ton of recycled plastic, it is estimated that 7 yards of landfill space is conserved. This is significant, especially considering the fact that we’re running out of landfill space rapidly.

Moreover, 80% of the total energy that goes into manufacturing new plastic products is conserved by recycling plastic. The manufacturing of plastic involves the use of petroleum and other fossil fuels. Not only are these fuels scarce, but also the process of manufacturing plastic takes place in an environmentally harmful manner. By recycling, we can reduce the amount of plastic manufactured and help the environment.

Stanford University estimates that recycling 1 ton of plastic conserves 7,200-kilowatt hours of electricity. That’s enough electricity to run an average household for 7 months!

I’m sure you can now see that plastic recycling is extremely important. Therefore, please make sure to treat your plastics properly. Reduce the amount of plastics that you use and if you have to dispose of plastic at all, be sure to recycle it correctly. Alternatively, contact a rubbish recycling company in Brisbane to dispose of it for you.


Plastic recycling is very important and must be taken seriously. Plastics make up a huge amount of solid waste and take centuries to break down in landfill or the ocean. Therefore, all recyclable plastics should be recycled to reduce landfall, conserve energy and conserve the environment.

If you consider yourself environmentally conscious and want to recycle plastic correctly, 4 Waste Removals can help. We understand that finding a reliable company that offers rubbish recycling in Brisbane can be difficult, which is why we make it easy. To hire our services, simply get in touch with us. Our helpful rubbish removal experts will be more than happy to help you recycle your plastic waste.

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