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Recycling is the process of breaking down and re-using materials that would otherwise be thrown away and sent to landfill. For the last decade or so, recycling has been heavily encouraged with the general population and more recently has become a responsibility. In public, separate litter bins for different types of waste have been dotted around to encourage recycling, for example, it is not uncommon for a green litter bin with a label for bottles to be found in your local supermarket or shopping center. When visiting your local tip, it is very likely you will see separate skips for different types of waste. This is so recycling can take place when possible.

So why should I recycle?

When you recycle waste, you are playing a key role in helping to keep our planet clean. By recycling, you are preventing more waste from entering landfills. Landfills consume large amounts of land, are unattractive and pollute our atmosphere. Pollutants that are released into the air from waste can be greatly reduced by recycling. By helping to prevent our landfill sites from expanding, you are helping to keep our planet healthy and sustainable. Using recycled materials also conserves the planets natural resources such as trees and raw minerals. Preserving the planets natural resources can help to keep our planet healthy, for example, if we reduce the number of trees we cut down for wood by alternatively using recycled materials, we can keep our globe enriched with oxygen, which is healthy for us and our wildlife. Trees also provide a home for all sorts of wildlife across the world that pay a vital role in the health of humans and the earth. Besides recyclings ecological benefits, recycling programs cost the government, business owners and taxpayers far less than waste programmes. In many cities across the globe, you can even make money from collecting approved materials to a nearby recycling facility. At 1st Choice Waste Management group, our main priority is keeping our planet healthy and encouraging recycling to all of our customers. That’s why we offer Waste Recycling and Processing services, to help reduce waste pollution to our planets. To help reduce our carbon footprint even more, we use a biomass boiler for our recyclable waste products to produce energy from what we dispose of. If you would like to find out more about our biomass boiler and biomass services in Northumberland, click here.

People and brands all across the globe have used recycled materials to create all sorts of incredible products and structures. An example of this is Apple’s new MacBook Air and Mac Mini, which are made from recycled aluminum. Recycled materials have also produced products such as clothing, bottles, bags, wallets and more. Some of the worlds most incredible structures that have been produced in recent years have been created from recycled products. In this post, we have found some of the best and most beautiful recycled structured that this planet has to offer. From 10-story buildings made from recycled doors to a cardboard cathedral, we can assure that these designs will not fail to impress!

shipping containersShipping Container Starbucks

Starbucks has proven with its shipping container cafe that possibilities with recycled materials are endless. The Starbucks cafe in Taiwan is constructed with 29 recycled shipping containers. It stands two stories tall and is over 3,400 square feet. As well as the great sustainability of the world renown cafe, the design is stunning, on the interior and exterior. According to Starbucks’ press release, Japanese architect Kengo Kuma was inspired to design the building by two things, the traditional Chinese bucket arch and the foliage of coffee trees. Astonishingly, this was Kuma’s first time using shipping containers for his designs. The interior of the building is enriched with natural sunlight and is magnificently designed to match the brand, as well as being intact with local Taiwanese culture. Inside customers will find a brightly colored wall mural to pay tribute to the aboriginal Amis people of Hualien City, Taiwan. This design is however not the only shipping container Starbucks in the world. In the United States, Starbucks has opened 45 shipping container cafes. These shipping container cafes allow Starbucks to minimize the environmental footprint that is generally associated with new buildings.

Considering the size of the brand, Starbucks is excellent at doing what they can to be an environmentally sustainable company. All of the cups that they produce for their drinks are fully recyclable. In UK cafes, Starbucks offer a 25p discount on your drink when you bring in your own tumbler or cup. For just a pound you can also get your hands on a Starbucks reusable cup. If you wish to find out more about Starbucks efforts to encourage recycling, visit their recycling page to find out more about what else they do. This page can be accessed by clicking here.

Nigeria’s Plastic Bottle Home’s

In Nigeria, an innovatively designed house made from plastic bottles filled with sand has been constructed in the village of Yelwa. Hundreds of people including government officials and traditional leaders have been coming to see how the walls are built in the round architectural shape. The plastic bottles filled with sand are stuck together using mud and are placed on their side, one on top of each other. The round-shaped recycled house does not just have environmental benefits, it is also incredibly designed and is great to look at. One other surprising benefit of using plastic bottles filled with sand are bricks is that they are in fact much more durable. Compacted sand inside a bottle is nearly 20 times stronger than bricks. In total, there will be twenty-five plastic bottle houses that will be available to rent. Each house has one bedroom, a living room, a bathroom, toilet, and kitchen, as well as a whopping 7,800 plastic bottles.

Christchurch Cardboard Cathedralcardboard cathedral

Following the devastating earthquake in Christchurch in 2011, a cathedral built from recycled materials was built to replace Christchurch cathedral that was significantly damaged during the disaster. It had been named the cardboard cathedral due to it being constructed with recyclable materials. The Cardboard cathedral was designed by the Japanese architect Shigeru Ban and opened its doors in August 2013 to the general public. Incredibly, the building rises 21 meters tall and its main construction materials are cardboard tubes, timber, and steel. In October 2012, Lonely Planet named Christchurch one of the top 10 cities to travel to in 2013, and the cathedral was cited as one of the reasons that make Christchurch an exciting place. It is very likely that the Cardboard Cathedral is Christchurch’s most photographed building.

South Korea’s 10-Story Building with 1,000 Recycled Doors

Using salvaged or recycled building materials for your building project is always a great idea, but master South Korean installation artist Choi Jeong-Hwa takes it to a completely different level. Using 1,000 recycled doors, he created an otherwise nondescript, 10-story facade into an eye-dazzling delight of all different colours and textures. Choi has also designed the exterior of a stadium entirely from plastic. He used 1.7 million pieces of discarded plastic to reestablish one of Seoul stadiums.

Recycling at 1st Choice Waste Management

1st Choice always aims to recycle the vast majority of waste that we dispose of. Keeping our planet healthy and the work we do environmentally stable will always be a priority for us. Currently, the UK has some of the worst levels of recycling in Western Europe. Our goal is to turn that around and do what we can to encourage recycling in the UK. Recycling at 1st Choice is at the forefront of our operations. Our team act to sort waste for processing once it is collected or delivered to ensure that recycling can be carried out and the maximum amount of waste can be recycled. To find out more about our recycling services, visit oor Waster Processing and Recycling page by clicking here.