Top 5 recycling focuses of 2016

Monday, 28 March 2016  |  Admin

Top 5 recycling focuses of 2016.

Every single year, we see more people become increasingly aware of environmental issues and, slowly, the focus is shifting towards recycling. We have taken a look at the five key recycling focuses of 2016 for you.

1) Banning polystyrene foam

Polystyrene foam is one of the most noxious of plastics. It takes years to decompose and is highly damaging to certain ecosystems. The material is already banned in New York City with European legislation looking to move in a similar direction.

2) Cigarette recycling

Each year, billions of cigarettes are thrown away, filling bins and sidewalks and ultimately ending up in landfill. This isn't necessary though as they can largely be recycled. Cigarette waste can be recycled into industry products, with any leftover tobacco being recycled into compost. Further engagement in cigarette recycling schemes could be a fantastic contribution to protecting the planet. 

3) Shifting definition of recycling

Rather than continually seeking to recycle simply for recycling's sake, in 2016 key industry figures will instead be looking to minimise environmental footprint as a whole. This will be done by re-evaluating processes involved in recycling to ensure they are as environmentally friendly as possible.

4) Increasing focus on packaging sources

As we move away from packaging made of damaging plastics, such as polystyrene foam, we have to see alternatives. Fibre-based options are one such alternative provided they come from environmentally friendly sources. Fast food giant McDonald's has already committed to obtaining all of its fibre-based packaging from either recycled or certified sources by 2020. This is great news following the company's announcement last autumn that all of its European packaging is already sustainably sourced.

5) Waste reduction

"Zero waste" was a key tag line of 2015 and it is still a key focus for 2016 too. Too often, we seem to only focus on the latter in the 'reduce, reuse, recycle' slogan so it is important to still be thinking about this. Waste reduction is a beneficial focus for companies because it can often directly link to cost reduction, so rest assured that this isn't something we will be forgetting any time soon.