Friends of the Earth UK: Recycling-Why it’s important and how to do it
September 2008

Recycling saves energy, reduces raw material extraction and combats climate change. The vast majority of studies have found that recycling our rubbish is better for the environment rather than incinerating or landfilling it.

Friends of the Earth has long campaigned for increased recycling and more recently for law requiring better doorstep recycling collections. Most households now have curbside collections of recycling and the number of different materials accepted is increasing. However there is still a big potential for councils to improve collection schemes and maximise the benefits recycling offers us, by implementing the best practice outlined in this briefing.