Young and olds, males and females can all do recycling. This may be a very simple way but the impact it presents is very profound. In the UK, there are various advocacies encouraging the people to practice recycling. Students and professionals alike share their efforts to participate in the country’s recycling campaign.
Accumulation of wastes has been a public concern as early as the pre-industrial period. Since waste was essentially organic, reusing was enough to eliminate household waste. Vegetable wastes were fed to livestock and timber was salvaged for shipbuilding. Because societies were not as dense, primary natural resources, such as the atmosphere and waterways, were far from threatened. Knossos, the Cretan capital, and Athens can afford to have various landfill sites because land did not have a very high premium. Though domesticated, reusing was essential as economies transformed from nomadic to agrarian, and it allowed farming innovations that provided wider opportunities for the farmers. When societies evolved during the medieval period, waste disposal became centralized. Spanish copper mines use scrap iron for cementation of copper and English courts granted privileges for collection of rags for papermaking. Nevertheless, recycling was geared towards the efficiency of cottage industries than protecting natural resources (Katz, 2002)..
During the Industrial Revolution, manufacturing mobilized the population from rural to urban areas. Recycling and proper waste management was needed because pollution was heavily concentrated in towns and cities, whose riverbanks were filled with residents while residential areas were cramped. Recycling, however, also had a more functional role as resources, both raw materials and by-products, had to be heavily maximized. More labour was needed for manpower in assembly lines and factories, as well as for sanitation systems (Pearson and Sayfang, 2001). In Britain, dog droppings were recycled as tanners to purify