Recycling Do’s And Dont’s

WHAT CAN BE RECYCLED?

COMMON RECYCLABLE MATERIALS

Plastics
Paper
Tin And Metal

Rigid Plastic

The recycling of rigid plastics process consists of two stages: The primary sorting is done automatically, and then a manual sort is performed to ensure that all contaminants have been eliminated. After being sorted and cleaned, plastic can then either be shredded into flakes or melted down and processed into pellets before it is finally moulded into new products.

Some facts about recycled rigid plastics in Ireland.

  • Between 2004 & 2014, the global production of plastics grew from 225 million to 311 million tonnes.
  • Producing plastic products from recycled plastics reduces energy requirements by 66%.
  • Recycling just 1 tonne of plastics saves 1,000–2,000 gallons of petroleum.
  • Plastic drinking bottles can be recycled into duvet fillings, home insulation material, clothing, bin liners, carrier bags, DVD & video game cases, compost bins, park benches, new bottles & much more!
  • It takes up to 500 years for plastic to decompose.
  • Almost 8 million metric tonnes of plastic ends up in the world’s oceans every year.

Tins & Cans

As long as they are empty, clean, and dry, tin cans and their lids can be recycled in any of your community’s recycling programs. There is no requirement to remove the paper labels. Have you been informed? If the lid is only partially detached, it can be recycled along with the rest of the container.

  • You can make a bicycle out of 650 recycled aluminium cans.
  • One recycled drink can save 20 times more energy and emissions than making the can from new materials.
  • Recycling uses 5% of the energy needed for primary production.
  • If you recycle 1 aluminium can today, it can be made into a new can, get filled and be back on the shelf in just 6 weeks.
  • Approximately 75% of the aluminium ever produced is still in circulation today.
  • The benefits of recycling aluminium are so great that every effort should be made to divert it from landfills.

Paper & Cardboard

To make paper fibres, bales of paper and cardboard must first be collected separately before being transported to a recycling plant. Once there, the materials are shredded before being rapidly combined with water. After going through equipment for cleaning and screening to remove staples, plastic, and dirt, the pulp is heated to remove ink and glue. This process is repeated several times.

After that, the paper is rerolled and put through the press. By preventing the release of methane and lowering the amount of energy required for the production of a variety of paper goods, paper recycling helps to cut down on the emissions of greenhouse gases that can contribute to climate change. Increases the amount of fibre available and helps to sequester carbon at the same time. Saves considerable landfill space. cuts down on the amount of energy and water used.

When paper is recycled, the fibres in the paper become shorter. It is believed that paper can be recycled anywhere from four to six times. The decomposition of paper waste in landfills takes only about a month (or a few weeks, give or take), but the problem is the volume and quantity of the waste. Paper waste takes up more space in landfills than any other type of product, despite the fact that paper is one of the materials that is recycled the most frequently.

  • Recycled paper produces 73% less air pollution than if it was made from raw materials.
  • Approximately 59% of an average cardboard box is recycled material.
  • Paper and cardboard products make up 23.7% of waste in the household bin.
  • Cardboard boxes can be made up of up to 100% recycled fibres.
  • Each ton of recycled paper can save 17 trees, 2.2 cubic metres of landfill space and 7,000 gallons of water.
  • 35% of the wood harvested worldwide is used to make paper products.
  • It is possible to recycle one sheet of printer paper up to 7 times.
  • 23.7% of Irish household bins are made up of paper and cardboard.

DONT WASTE IT, RECYCLE IT!