One of the most extensive and recognisable efforts of consumer directed conservation is recycling. The benefits of recycling not only saves energy, but it also reduces greenhouse gas emissions which helps to deal with climate change. We’re definitely thumbs up for that!
Recycling also conserves our limited natural resources such as wood, water and minerals, and it keeps costs down on future products. Creating new products out of recycled materials is much more energy-efficient than mining new materials and processing them. Recycling also increases our economic security by tapping into a domestic source of materials.
Alex Hutchinson from Popular Mechanics reports that it only takes an average of 10.4 million Btu (a unit of energy) to manufacture products from a tonne of recycled materials compared to 23.3 million Btu for virgin (or new) materials. That's less than half the energy!
Our principal goal at Speedie Waste & Recycle is to Ensure Tomorrow with you.
Our experienced Waste Management Consultants will help you design your waste management plan to include maximum recycling, repurposing and even food waste options such as composting to rejuvenate our soils or turning waste into energy without greenhouse gas emissions. It all starts in our homes, schools, workplaces, at our leisure sites, and in our community.
Together let's start Ensuring Tomorrow!
DID YOU KNOW?
Recycling just one tonne of aluminium cans (approx. 70,000 units) saves 6,303 litres of petrol, a derivative product of crude oil/petroleum.
Australians use over 3 billion aluminium cans annually and they currently only recycle a little more than 2 billion of those cans each year. If you picked up the 900 million aluminium cans that are thrown away and took them to a scrap metal dealer, you would get $15 million. That's $15 million being buried in landfill every year!
Not all plastics can be recycled into your comingle bin.
Only include plastics numbered 1 (PETE) & 2 (HDPE).
USE THE 4Rs OF RECYCLING
SEPARATE YOUR RECYCLABLES
SEPARATE FOOD & GARDEN WASTE
Avoid products that create waste.
Limit the amount of waste you create.
Chose products that can be reused.
Sort materials for repurpose.
Avoid putting recyclables into plastic bags before placing them into the comingle recycling bin.
Use a tub or basket to carry these items to your recycling bin.
Remember: Not all plastic bags are recyclable. Check to see if your bags have the recycle symbol printed on them.
Separate all food and garden waste from your general waste.
Lawn clippings / branches can be recycled in the green waste recycling bin.
Food scraps / garden waste can be composted or recycled and generated into energy.
RECYCLING USED ALUMINIUM
Used aluminium foil can be recycled in
your comingle recycling bin.
Always ensure it is clean and rinse off any food residue. Then scrunch the clean foil wrapping it into a ball and place it
in you comingle bin to be recycled.
Household waste such as old furniture, fittings and fixtures can be recycled.
Recycling old furniture and household items will help to conserve raw materials, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, as well as reduce landfill.
If the items are in good condition, you can donate them to a charity shop or they can be taken to a resource recovery centre.
Buying recycled packaging and products is a step in the right direction to helping the environment.
Five Reasons to buy recycled:
1. Reduces waste and pollution
2. Saves energy
3. Conserves natural resources
4. Increases demand for recyclables
5. Supports the circular economy
COFFEE PODS, CAPSULES
To protect our precious water resource, we need to reduce our water consumption.
Five things we can do to
1. Fix household leaks
2. Install water efficient taps
3. Install rainwater tanks
4. Take a shorter shower
5. Use less water in the garden,
and when cleaning
Most coffee pods, capsules and discs are recyclable, but they can be harmful to the environment if not disposed of correctly.
Simply throwing these into your recycle bin after you have finished your morning coffee will not do. The aluminium used to make these products are too small for recycling facilities to properly process. Luckily numerous brands offer pod recycling programs, so do your research before you buy.
In Australia, about 35% (7 million tonnes) of building waste ends up in landfill each year.
Next time you decide to do a home renovation, be sure to check with your builder that all waste is being recycled.
Some building items that can be recycled include: plastics, tiles & bricks, most glass, aluminium, timber and concrete.
Large volumes of repurpose / recycle items can be managed in a bulk bin.
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