As global attitudes continue to shift from reckless consumption towards the conservation of natural resources and the need to safeguard the planet for future generations, a growing number of businesses, individuals and governments are working together to ensure that our stewardship of the earth is as good as it can be.
One of the main ways in which this can be achieved is through the adoption of a circular economy, where redundant materials, rather than being seen as waste, are seen as resources waiting to be reused.
At SCE, we are committed to working with our partners and customers to further sustainability and resource recovery within the demolition waste and natural material sectors.
Why engage in industrial recycling?
Choosing to become part of the circular economy isn't just an ethical and moral responsibility, it also yields a number of hard economic benefits.
Figures for 2014/15, for example, show that the waste management industry generated $12.6 billion and was responsible for the employment of more than 50,000 people.
Choosing to recycle helps the sector to grow, potentially enhancing GDP and providing additional jobs for Australians.
Some commentators speculate that for every 10,000 tonnes of waste which are processed, around 9 jobs are created.
Contributing to sustainability within the economy is a major benefit of opting to use recycled materials, or recycle your own waste.
Recycled road material improves yield by up to 10% when compared to natural quarried material - a clear economic benefit by using recycled road material.
Reducing landfill is always a priority
Particularly in the light of China's National Sword policy (which has resulted in import bans on a number of waste materials), there is an added incentive for Australians to reduce landfill and use the resources which they have more responsibly.
The amount of landfill the country can accommodate without leaving an indelible mark on the national ecology is limited.
SCE practises resource recovery: this involves removing waste products from one provider, then selling them in an appropriate format to a third party. Through this process, precious resources are conserved and all partners in the transaction are contributing towards green resourcing.
Conserving resources reduces the risk of supplies being exhausted
Although the earth is richly resourced, the majority of resources are finite: with current demand for resources at an all time high, it's vital that we place as little strain on fresh resources as possible.
Recycling keeps the majority of fresh resources out of the production cycle, ensuring what we have in use already is cycled forward for a useful purpose.
With estimates suggesting that some resources (such as oil, phosphorus and scandium) are already so scarce that they will run out in a few decades if current consumption levels are maintained, buying into a working culture of recycling and resource recovery is essential.
SCE is committed to making resource recovery and sustainable working an achievable goal for every business it works with. Using a combination of cutting-edge technology and forward-thinking strategic goals, SCE is pioneering a path towards cost-effective, easily accessible industrial recycling. With numerous economic, social and environmental benefits, we believe that recycling is the future of modern industry.
Contact the team at SCE today to discuss the sustainability and economic benefits we can help you deliver for your next project.