Depending on where you live in the world there will be different options for recycling and different regulations.
Why is Recycling Important?
Recycling is a key part of protecting our environment. It drastically reduces the amount of waste that ends up in landfills to be incinerated. Waste that ends up in landfills often leaks toxic chemicals into the environment.
It is also important for us to reuse resources as much as we can to create a more sustainable society. Recycling products means that less raw materials are being used up and less energy is used to create it. Read more about why recycling is important here.
"We Can't Recycle Our Way Out Of The Plastic Problem"
A statement that we hear a lot, and it is correct. Recycling alone cannot solve the plastic pollution problem that our world is facing. Reducing plastic is vitally important to protect the world from excessive waste. Where you can, you should say no to plastic, especially single use, and if you are looking for more information on how you can avoid plastic the click here or get in touch with us on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or send us an email to email@example.com.
Recycling Facts & Tips
Recycling has increased worldwide with people more driven to protect and help the environment. But we still have a long way to go.
Globally, only 10% - 15% of plastic is currently getting recycled.
Aluminium is 100% recyclable and can be recycled over and over again without losing its quality. Recycling 1 aluminium can saves enough energy to run a television for three hours!
Glass is another material that can be recycled over and over again. It is usually cheaper to create new glass from recycled glass than using raw materials.
It takes 70% less energy to recycle paper than it does to make it new from raw materials. Read more fun recycling facts here.
Most receipts cannot be recycled. In the UK 50% of receipts are printed on shiny/ thermal paper which cannot be recycled. In fact, some even contain the potentially harmful BPA and BPS chemicals which would be released into the environment if they are recycled.
It is estimated that 50% of the food waste that we throw away can be composted.
The countries leading the way in recycling are Germany, Austria, and South Korea who recycle 60% – 70% of household waste.
Recycling 5 plastic bottles will create enough insulating fibre to fill a ski jacket.
If you live in the USA - The EPA have plenty of information and resources on their website here.
Tips & Tricks For Recycling
Separate the greasy part of your pizza box from the lid and only recycle the lid. This is because the greasy part that held the pizza cannot be recycled.
When shopping for household products, if you can't avoid plastic try and choose clear or white plastic bottles which can be more easily recycled.
To reduce the risk of contamination it is best to rinse out your recycling before putting it out.
Check your wrapping paper to ensure it is recyclable. If it has glitter incorporated or is shiny then it isn't likely to be recycled.
Compact your recycling. Crushing cans and bottles will help not only you to fit more in your bins but will also help the recycling companies collect more without having to return to the centre.
Want to recycle tin foil? It cannot be recycled in small amounts, so you will need to collect it into the size of a tennis ball before putting it in your recycling. Or you can use an aluminium can and fill it with your collected foil, once it is full simply pop it into the recycling.
- Can you recycle tires? Yes, most garages are required to accept old tires to be recycled when they replace your tires. You may also be able to return tires to manufacturers or to local recycling centres.
MYTH: If something is made from more than one type of material it cannot be recycled.
TRUTH: Technology has advanced with consumers demand, and now at recycling plants they are able to remove adhesives and metal. Stripping products of different materials and recycling what can be recycled.
MYTH: Everything can only be recycled once.
TRUTH: Many objects can be recycled over and over again, especially glass and aluminium which can be recycled repeatedly without losing quality.
MYTH: Plastic bags cannot be recycled.
TRUTH: Plastic bags typically cannot be recycled with normal kerbside recycling, but there are special drop-off points where they can be recycled. Here in the UK many supermarkets accept plastic bags for recycling.
MYTH: If you aren't sure if something can be recycled, put it out with the recycling anyway as it is all going to be sorted.
TRUTH: This isn't correct, in fact if you put non-recyclables in your recycling you can risk ruining the whole batch of recycling. If things like plastic wrap end up in the recycling it can damage machinery.
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