Responsible Waste Management Little Green Junk, Carlisle

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Responsible Waste Management Little Green Junk, Carlisle

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Responsible Waste Management Little Green Junk, Carlisle


Across the world, the environment is being damaged by waste products that are ending up in watercourses, oceans, and in all the wrong places causing huge pollution. Governments wrestle with this problem and are continually trying to find ways to prevent further damage by minimizing the amount of waste to prevent further damage. One such program is the “3R”, being, “reduce, reuse, recycle” based on principles of aiming to achieve a waste reducing target. The end objective is nil-waste, and people of the UK and US are being asked to implement this in their daily lives.


Recycle to Conserve 

Recycling of waste serves two main functions: firstly, to reduce the amount of waste going into a landfill. Secondly, the use of recycled waste in remanufactured goods reduces the amount of raw materials required for new products. This has been achieved through the setting up of MRF’s (Materials Recycling Facilities) which collect waste and process it into a reusable form for manufacturers to produce products out of recycled materials. This materially reduces the pressure on the likes of timber harvesting and paper manufacturing companies, who are potential polluters of the atmosphere and high-energy and water users.


Recycle to Save Energy

  • By recycling a single aluminium can, enough energy is saved to watch a YOUTube video on your mobile.
  • Recycling 50 cans save enough energy to light a room in your house for one week. (Source: Go Ever Green)
  • If you recycle glass, you are preventing it from being buried in the environment and all glass can be recycled. Did you know that most bottles and jars have at least 25% recycled glass in them already? The energy saved by recycling 2 glass bottles can power two 100-watt lightbulbs for 4 hours. (Source: Conserve Energy Future)
  • Recycling paper saves trees and water. Paper mills are huge users of water. For each ton of paper produced they use 7,000 gallons of water. (Source: Recycling Bin) The average UK family throws away 6 trees worth of paper into their household bin each year. 
  • Plastic is an enemy of the environment. It takes up to 500 years for plastic items in landfills to break down. Recycling one ton of plastic waste saves about 2,000 pounds of oil; the amount of water that one person uses in two months; and 2 peoples’ energy consumption for one year! (Source:
  • Our oceans are full of plastic. Next to cigarette butts, this is the most common kind of waste product found. In the next 30 years it has been predicted that if nothing is done, there will be more plastic than fish in our oceans, according to the Ellen MacArthur Foundation. (Source:


The “3R” philosophy is gaining traction across the globe. In the UK, the recycling rate for household waste was 45.7% in 2017 which was a small increase on the previous year. (Source:

In 2020, the world changed the way we knew it, when the Covid-19 pandemic created a major health crisis. People across the world were forced to change the way they conduct their lives, socially and workwise. The spread was rapid and harmful to many people. 

Governments took quick action to close borders, airlines ceased to operate, and the movement of people was restricted. During this time, the environment was able to heal, with less CO2 emissions, resulting in an improvement of air quality. The positive result on the environment has been overshadowed by the virus, with little publicity being given to environmental issues. 

Social distancing and restricted movement have prevented normal contact between people, and gatherings and sport events have been curtailed. Shopping and leisure habits changed as the pandemic took hold.


More Disposable Items used mean More Waste

With so much focus on the virus, the race is on to find a vaccine. A lot of work have gone into researching its behavioural patterns. Besides person to person infection, the virus is alive on surfaces. Findings reveal that it can be contagious for up to five days, on a surface. This has led to shops and wholesale outlets putting a stop to the use of reusable bags, preferring single use bags to pack groceries in to limit the possibility of infection of their staff and customers. The interim ban in the USA on reusable bags shows how concerned grocery chains are about transmission of the virus.

  • There has been a huge increase in use of disposable packaging like coffee cups and food containers as takeaways have replaced sit down business in restaurants. This has led to a large increase in throw away junk. While reusable cutlery, crockery, and glasses are rejected for use due to being possible carriers of the virus, disposable containers will continue to add to the waste pile. 
  • The lockdown and reduced movement of people have meant a lot more time being spent at home, and working from home is common, with lots of opportunities for DIY. This means that there has been a lot more waste generated by households. Domestic waste volumes have grown by up to 50% during this period. Many recycling centers have closed during this period, leaving households at a loose end with their paper, glass, and plastic that they wish to recycle.


Private sector rubbish removal companies like ourselves can assist you with waste collection in instances where the Local Council is not able to do so. We can also haul away any bulk waste, or garden waste. At Little Green Junk Carlisle, we dispose of every kind of waste including household, garden, and trade waste, efficiently and responsibly at a competitive price. We are licensed and are as committed to a clean environment as you are. 

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