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Recycling has become an important part of people’s daily lives. By recycling, we can conserve natural resources like trees, sand and fossil fuels, all of which are finite. It also allows us to reuse resources that have already been extracted from our environment, reducing the negative impact of our waste. Recycling has a smaller carbon footprint than refuse, with less CO2 emissions and air pollution than incineration or landfill. And last but not least the recycling industry creates jobs. At least 50,000 new UK jobs could be created by 2025 if the UK target of recycling 50% of our waste is reached. Thurrock Council furthermore has a legal obligation to ensure that we achieve the recycling targets outlined in the Waste Strategy.