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Why and What to Recycle?

Together we can save the planet.
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reduce pollution

Recycling helps reduce pollution. Through recycling and reusing rubbish, less rubbish is burned which in turn leads to less harmful gases entering the air and ozone layers. These gases lead to many respiratory diseases and can have terrible effects on the environment. When rubbish finds its way into the ocean and wilderness it could kill marine life and wildlife, things like glass can cause veld fires which can cause a large amount of damage. That is why every time we reduce, reuse and recycle our rubbish, we have the opportunity to save the earth and even millions of lives from the harmful effects of pollution.

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preserve our natural resources

Recycling can help preserve our natural resources. Just picture the amount of trees that are cut down every year to supply the world’s need of paper and wood! By recycling paper products such as newspapers and books, we can reduce the amount of trees cut down each year and save forests from being destroyed. Trees and paper are just one example, the same principle applies to many other resources such as metal, rubber and glass. These resources are not infinitely abundant and we need to preserve them for future generations.

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job creation

Recycling creates jobs. From collecting rubbish, separating it, transporting it and finally to recycling it into useable products, people are given the opportunity to help save the environment and at the same time earn money for a living.

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cuts costs and saves resources

Recycling cuts costs and saves resources. It helps reduce the amount of materials that are wasted or thrown in landfills such as paper, plastic, glass, and aluminium. This also helps companies to rely less on raw materials, which requires more energy for manufacturing a new product. For instance, recycling plastic material requires less energy than having it produced from raw materials. This is more cost-effective and environment-friendly because carbon emissions are lessened and energy use is greatly reduced.

recycling fun facts

Aluminium cans are virtually 100% recyclable and when recycled each can saves 95% of the energy needed to recreate that can from bauxite ore. Recycling a six pack of cans saves enough energy to drive an average car 8 kilometres and recycling your aluminium cans means less environmentally harmful mining while saving money and energy.

Glass bottles contain around 25% recycled glass and glass is eternally recyclable. Recycling a ton of glass saves the equivalent amount of energy as 38 litres of oil.

Recycling a 2 meter stack of newspapers is equivalent to saving one 35 foot high tree. Each ton of recycled paper saves the same amount of energy as is contained in 4 barrels of oil. Consider whether you need to take the paper as many of us now get our information online and make sure to unsubscribe to needless magazines and block all your direct mail spam.

Plastics are made from petroleum and account for 7% – 8% of all fossil fuels consumed each year. One recycled plastic bottle saves enough energy to power a 60 watt light bulb for 6 hours. Use reusable plastic water containers to lessen your plastic bottle consumption and lower your drinking water costs.

what to recycle

Glass
What we can recycle

Rinsed items such as bottles and jars

 

What we cannot recycle

Windscreens, light bulbs, oven ware, fridge shelves, ceramics

Plastic
What we can recycle
  • All plastic bottles and containers marked with recycling logo
  • Water, fizzy drinks, juice bottles
  • Detergents, milk, some shampoos, shopping bags
  • Film type plastic e.g. sliced bread, frozen veg, milk bags, plastic new appliances wrapped in etc.
  • Ice-cream, yoghurt, margarine, packaging, food trays

 

What we cannot recycle
  • Cling wrap
  • Disposable nappies
  • Some food punnets
  • Plastic without the recycling logo
Polystyrene
What we can recycle

Clean and dry fruit punnets, protective packaging

Paper
What we can recycle
  • Newspaper – Any type of paper made from newsprint
  • Magazines – Includes glossy junk mail
  • Office, white paper – Can be used, have print on it, envelopes, used exercise books
  • Cardboard – This is 3 layers of paper, with corrugated middle; boxes must please be flatten
  • Other – Egg or cereal type boxes, coloured paper

 

What we cannot recycle
  • No paper that has wax or plastic film attached – Waxed banana boxes, dog food bags
  • Wet, dirty or contaminated items
Tins & Cans
What we can recycle
  • Scrap metal
  • Rinsed food tins, steel tins, metal lids and tops
  • Aluminium cans, empty aerosols
Tetra Pak
What we can recycle

Foil-lined juice boxes and milk containers

Other
What we cannot recycle
  • Batteries
  • Chemical, hazardous and/or flammable substances
  • Fast food packaging, take-away containers
  • Organic waste, food scraps, vegetable peels, garden waste