Why should I recycle?

As we buy more packaged and disposable goods the volume of rubbish we produce is set to increase by 4% every year.

Since the introduction of a more comprehensive recycling collection service in April 2009, the amount of recycling in Calderdale has increased to around 46% which is great news! 

From August 2016 the amount of recyclable items that residents can have collected from home will increase again, with the inclusion of more plastics, cartons (also known as tetrapaks), corrugated cardboard and small electrical items.

Not only will the improved recycling rates help the environment, it will also help us save money which can then be allocated to other Council services. The best way to do this is if everyone takes part in reducing the amount of waste they produce and by recycling, reusing and composting as much as we can. Recycling is collected every week, leaving enough space in your dustbin for non-recyclable waste collected fortnightly.

Why recycle?

What are the benefits of recycling?

Far less energy is used to recycle than to make something from the raw materials. Glass can be recycled again and again saving energy and resources. Aluminium cans can be recycled and ready to use in just 6 weeks. Recycling aluminium saves about 95% of the energy it would take to mine and transport the raw materials to produce a new can.

Some interesting facts





Most plastics are made using oil or oil based products. Each tonne of plastic recycled will save the equivalent of 11 barrels of oil

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Last Updated: 20/09/2016