By appropriately recycling our waste, we also reduce the demand for natural resources and by re-using the materials we already have instead of creating new ones, we reduce the amount of energy used and levels of pollution. Recycling also reduces the amount of waste which is sent to landfill or is incinerated, both of which are expensive process requiring large amounts of land.
Chris O'Reilly / Young girl and mother recycling plastic and cardboard in street, Derbyshire, UK, April, Model released
Inaki Relanzon / Houses with grass roof and walls, Snafellsness Peninsula, Iceland, July 2008
Gary K. Smith / Gardener putting leaves in plastic sack to make leaf mould compost, UK, December 2008.
Pat Tuson / Five empty glass milk bottles on doorstep, Highbury, London Borough of Islington, England, UK
Pat Tuson / Waste Vehicle with recylcing slogan printed on the side in an effort to get people to recycle, London Borough of Islington, UK
Nick Turner / Person putting a green glass bottle into a recycling bank at a recycling centre, Stroud, Gloucestershire, UK, February 2008.
Nick Turner / Close up of disposable batteries at a recycling centre, Stroud, Gloucestershire, UK, February 2008.
Tom Gilks / Feet touching a football made from old fabric, The Gambia, 2008
Claudio Contreras / Two tons of discarded plastic fishing nets collected and ready to be shipped out for recycling, Jao Island, Danajon Bank, Central Visayas, Philippines, April 2013
Claudio Contreras / Project Seahorse foundation staff weighing discarded plastic fishing nets collected and ready to be shipped out for recycling into carpet material, Jao Island, Danajon Bank, Central Visayas, Philippin...
Claudio Contreras / Project Seahorse foundation staff with two tons of discarded plastic fishing nets ready to be shipped out and recycled into carpet material, Jao Island, Danajon Bank, Central Visayas, Philippines, Apr...
Tom Gilks / Artisan hammering holes into coke bottle tops, Dakar, Senegal, 2008
Tom Gilks / Close-up of Coke bottle top, prepared by artisan before crafting, Dakar, Senegal, 2008
Tom Gilks / Grid of recycled bottle tops threaded on wire, Dakar, Senegal, 2008
Jason Smalley / Wheelbarrow of manure in vegetable garden, UK
Dave Bevan / Close up of two year old well-rotten leaf mold in garden, UK, model released
Nick Turner / Biodegradeable plastic compost bag being placed in a garden compost bin, UK.
Pat Tuson / 100% Organic Cotton printed on label
Pat Tuson / Sustainable Living tent, Camden now London Green Fair, Regents Park, London UK June 2012
Jose B. Ruiz / Plastic recycling plant Elche, Spain
Philippe Clement / Scrap metal heap along the Ghent-Terneuzen Canal at Ghent seaport, Belgium, August 2010
Tom Gilks / Bags of plastic bottles at a recycling station, Kisumu, Kenya
Shattil & Rozinski / Bales of cardboard ready for recycling, USA, 1997
Pat Tuson / Cork recycling box - wooded box full of recycled corks, Surrey, England, UK, August 2008.
Shattil & Rozinski / Stack of crushed cars ready for recycling, USA, 1997
Nick Turner / Food and drink can recycling shoot at a recycling centre, Stroud, Gloucestershire, UK, February 2008.
Nick Turner / Person placing plastic and metal into kitchen recycling bins, September 2008.
Nick Turner / Man lifting fluorescent light tubes at a recycling centre, Stroud, Gloucestershire, UK, February 2008.
Nick Turner / Close up of fluorescent light tubes at a recycling centre, Stroud, Gloucestershire, UK, February 2008.
Ben Osborne / Shoe recycling unit in supermarket carpark, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, UK
John Cancalosi / Fridges and various other metals in a large pile with machinery at Recycling Center, Ithaca, New York, USA, property released.
Paul Hobson / Recycling lorry Waterford, Ireland
Tom Gilks / Toy cars crafted from recycled materials, Dakar, Senegal, 2008
Dave Bevan / Woman forking well-rotted leaf mold from a big bag into a wheel barrow, UK, model released
Dave Bevan / Gardener sieving raw compost through seive, UK, model released
Pat Tuson / Black and white cow recycling bins in Clissold Park with The Castle Climbing Centre in background, Stoke Newington, London Borough of Hackney, England, UK, January 2013.
Tom Gilks / Water filled bottle fixed into a tin roof, dispersing sunlight and acting as a natural lightbulb. Kenya. April 2013.
Pat Tuson / Green roof on The Centre for Understanding the Environment (CUE) an eco building with cowls on the roof which incorporate a passive ventilation system. The Horniman Museum, London, UK
Pat Tuson / Plantlock Secure Bike Storage with bikes outside house in snow, Highbury, London Borough of Islington, UK
ARCO / Sowing flower seeds in compost in seed trays, Germany
Gary K. Smith / Gardener raking leaves on lawn and loading into plastic sack to make leaf mould compost, December 2008.
Dan Burton / Glass bottles for recycling, Devon UK
Ben Osborne / Woman putting plastic bottle into recycling unit in supermarket carpark, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, UK
Gary K. Smith / Biodegradable cornstarch bag with kitchen waste products ready for the compost heap, UK
Peter Cairns / naturepl.com / Compost recycling bins stacked up for distribution, Inverness, Scotland, UK, May 2008
Lisa Hoffner / Portrait of young Colombian girl, collecting rainwater for future use, in the village of Los Limites. Colombia, South America. July 2008
John Cancalosi / Large pile of old brake parts, Recycling center, Ithaca, New York, USA.