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  • Gerry Campbell

Waste management and the importance of recycling for the environment

As you all know, waste management is the process of collecting, transporting, treating, and disposing of waste in a safe and environmentally friendly way.

It is an important part of protecting public health and the environment.

Recycling is one of the most important components of waste management. It involves the conversion of waste materials into new materials and objects. Recycling can benefit your community and the environment in a number of ways.

Benefits of waste management and recycling

  • Reduces the amount of waste sent to landfills: Landfills are a major source of methane, a greenhouse gas that is 25 times more potent than carbon dioxide. Recycling helps to reduce the amount of waste sent to landfills and therefore reduces greenhouse gas emissions.

  • Conserves natural resources: Recycling materials such as paper, metal, and plastic helps to conserve natural resources such as trees, ore, and petroleum.

  • Reduces pollution: The extraction and processing of raw materials to produce new products can be a major source of air and water pollution. Recycling helps to reduce this pollution by reducing the need to extract new raw materials.

  • Saves energy: Producing new products from recycled materials requires less energy than producing products from raw materials. For example, recycling aluminum cans uses 95% less energy than producing new aluminum cans from bauxite ore.

  • Creates jobs: The recycling industry creates jobs in collection, processing, and manufacturing.

How to recycle

For us at SWS, recycling is easy and convenient.

To recycle effectively, it is important to know what materials can and cannot be recycled.

The most common recyclable materials include:

  • Paper and cardboard

  • Metal cans and foil

  • Plastic bottles and jugs

  • Glass bottles and jars

  • Metal scrap & Aluminium

  • Electronics –computers, cellular phones, keyboards, batteries, etc.

  • Textiles

  • Wood


Waste management and recycling are essential for protecting public health and the environment. By recycling, we can reduce the amount of waste sent to landfills, conserve natural resources, reduce pollution, save energy, and create jobs.

At SWS we recycled up to 99% of our clients Waste, to find out how email Lisa Gillespie or call her on 0141 212 2023.

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