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.
- Recycling saves energy and conserves the environment.
- Waste can have a huge effect on the amount of greenhouse gases produced which in turn contributes to global warming.
- If we didn’t recycle we would need somewhere to put our waste. Although we now avoid sending waste to landfill, we still need the waste to be treated and disposed of, which can be an expensive process.
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.
- 1 recycled can would save enough energy to power a television for 3 hours.
- 1 recycled glass bottle would save enough energy to power a computer for 25 minutes.
- 1 recycled plastic bottle would save enough energy to power a 60-watt light bulb for 3 hours.
- 70% less energy is required to recycle paper compared with making it from raw materials.
Some interesting facts
- Up to 60% of the rubbish that ends up in the dustbin could be recycled.
- The unreleased energy contained in the average dustbin each year could power a television for 5,000 hours.
- The largest lake in the Britain could be filled with rubbish from the UK in 8 months.
- On average, 16% of the money you spend on a product pays for the packaging, which ultimately ends up as rubbish.
- As much as 50% of waste in the average dustbin could be composted.
- Up to 80% of a vehicle can be recycled.
- 9 out of 10 people say they would recycle more if it were made easier.
- 24 million tonnes of aluminium is produced annually, 51,000 tonnes of which ends up as packaging in the UK.
- If all cans in the UK were recycled, we would need 14 million fewer dustbins.
- £36,000,000 worth of aluminium is thrown away each year.
- Aluminium cans can be recycled and ready to use in just 6 weeks.
- Each UK family uses an average of 500 glass bottles and jars annually.
- The largest glass furnace produces over 1 million glass bottles and jars per day.
- Glass is 100% recyclable and can be used again and again.
- Glass that is thrown away and ends up in landfills will never decompose.
- Recycled paper produces 73% less air pollution than if it was made from raw materials.
- 12.5 million tonnes of paper and cardboard are used annually in the UK.
- The average person in the UK gets through 38kg of newspapers per year.
- It takes 24 trees to make 1 tonne of newspaper.
Most plastics are made using oil or oil based products. Each tonne of plastic recycled will save the equivalent of 11 barrels of oil
- 275,000 tonnes of plastic are used each year in the UK, that’s about 15 million bottles per day.
- Most families throw away about 40kg of plastic per year, which could otherwise be recycled.
- The use of plastic in Western Europe is growing about 4% each year.
- Plastic can take up to 500 years to decompose.