Recycling saves money and is good for the environment. This is because the average cost of processing a tonne of recycling is significantly cheaper than the average cost of processing a tonne of rubbish sent to landfill. Recycling conserves raw materials and natural resources, helps to save energy and saves valuable materials going to waste. The world’s resources are limited so we can’t afford to keep on wasting things. Throwing away paper means more trees need to be cut down, while throwing away drinks cans wastes valuable aluminium.
BENEFITS OF RECYCLING
- Give the products you buy a second (or even third or fourth!) life by recycling
- Ease and convenience – recycling points are all over Scotland, find your local recycling services here
- Divert waste from landfill – and lessen pollution and greenhouse gas emissions to help create a cleaner, greener Scotland
- Put valuable materials back into the manufacturing cycle
- Energy savings can be made during the manufacturing process
- Recycling supports jobs in collection, processing and future manufacturing
Not every community is alike, when it comes to recycling. The larger towns and cities are more likely to have multiple methods of collecting and recycling. Remember, CRNS is active across all 32 local authorities in Scotland so before you think of throwing things out, check out your local reuse, repair and recycling centre.
Click here to find a member near you.
From these facilities, your recycled goods follow the journey to becoming new products. Before you start throwing items in a recycling bin, you need to get a list from your local council, so that you know what you can recycle in which recycling bin. In nearly all cases, recycling programs include:
- Glass – bottles and jars. Note that decorative glass, vases, Pyrex and Earthenware are not usually acceptable
- Newspaper and magazines – standard newsprint, glossy mailers and catalogues, postcard type mailers that are made from recycled paper, local fliers and free community newspapers
- Aluminum and cans – drinks cans, plus cans for vegetables, soup, dog food etc
- Returnable Plastic
REMEMBER: The conservation process is equally as important as the recycling initiative.
Find out more about recycling at home with Go Greener Scotland