We know that recycling protects our planet in a number of ways. It reduces greenhouse gas emissions, it reduces the size of landfills, and it preserves non-renewable resources. By doing all of these things it indirectly helps all living things on the planet. Reducing emissions means less habitat loss due to climate change. Reducing the size of landfills does the same thing because landfills take up what would be habitable space. Preserving non-renewable resources means that fewer have to be mined or drilled for in animal habitats. Recycling clearly helps wildlife. Can London waste clearance and recycling help wildlife in a more direct way? By eliminating plastic waste, recycling protects marine animals and birds from harm and death.
When there’s rain along the coastline, runoff carries debris into waterways and out into the oceans. Some of that debris includes plastic bags and other plastic trash. Unlike other debris, this trash won’t biodegrade in the ocean. It will drift for years. It breaks down very slowly in the sunlight, but not enough to prevent it from doing damage. In the water, moving with the water, the plastic bags could look like jelly fish or some other kind of life. That’s a problem because that means they look like food. Animals try to eat them and suffer dire consequences.
Then there are the plastics that act like webbing or netting and catch animals. These are the ones that can harm birds as well. They include plastic six pack holders. Imagine being curious about something and then being pinned by it and unable to move until you starve or maybe it’s quicker. Maybe you are pinned by it in the water and you drown. Whatever the case, it’s not fair. Their evolution didn’t prepare them for this. Perfectly fit animals are being killed for no good reason.
Would waste recycling alone prevent it? Recycling would help. Banning plastic bags also helps. Plastic bags blow away from trucks and recycle bins. Reusable bags are a better option because they are less likely to blow away and they are easier to recycle when they wear out. There is no excuse to leave other plastic trash laying around to endanger animals. Things like plastic six-pack holders should be recycled and if it is recycled it won’t be a danger to wildlife. One suggestion is to cut them up before you throw them in the recycle bin just to be sure that if it does fall out of the truck, it won’t trap an animal.
Rubbish removal and recycling helps wildlife directly and indirectly. It helps preserve their habitats by lowering greenhouse gas emissions that cause climate change and also by reducing the need to expand landfills, drilling operations, and mining. Rubbish clearance and recycling is beneficial directly by reducing the plastic that goes into our oceans and chokes sea turtles. It also reduces the plastic that can trap birds and fish like a net. Those are the visible plastics. Smaller plastics in the water can be eaten by smaller creatures and even they can be harmed. Eco-friendly waste disposal helps to reduce all of that harm and preserve wildlife.