“Australians are doing the right thing and recycling has become a way of life” commented Vanio Calgaro, General Manager of Australian Packaging Covenant recently. When you look at the savings on environmental impact that recycling makes, it is highly motivating.
Plastic was once the ‘problem child’ adding large volumes to landfill, but these days plastic can be recycled, with a saving of 88% of energy in producing plastic products compared to using raw materials. A surprising number of products can be produced from recycled plastic:
- picnic tables and park benches
- plant pots
- sign posts
- speed humps
- compost bins
- garden edging
- carpet fibre
- paint brushes
- automotive parts
- plastic bottles
Kartaway Adelaide, a leading waste management company, commends the environmental gains made through recycling and supports these efforts by recycling waste collected wherever possible. Their public Recycling Depot at Campbelltown collects all material but putrifiable waste.
Glass is one of the great success stories in recycling, being 100% recyclable and saving 30% energy when used to manufacture more glass products. It can be recycled over and over again, indefinitely, thousands and millions of times. Refillable glass bottles use half the energy of a throwaway bottle, using only 19,000 BTUs of energy, compared to 38,000 BTUs for throwaway bottles. Recycling just one glass bottle saves enough energy to keep a 100 watt electric light bulb going for four hours!
Save a remarkable 95% of energy recycling aluminium cans into more aluminium cans, cars and aeroplanes. Run your TV for three hours or a 100 watt light bulb for 3.5 hours using the energy you save when you recycle just one aluminium can.
Recycling steel cans for steel product manufacture makes massive gains, like a saving of 74% in energy, a reduction of air pollution by 86%,a 90% savings in virgin materials, which means that water pollution is reduced by 76% and mining waste is reduced by 97%!. Recycled steel cans go into the manufacture of more steel cans, bolts and nuts, structural steel and coat hangers.