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Why Recycle?

Approximately 75% of our household waste stream is recyclable, from the can or bottle you drink from to the tuna, corn beef and sardines tins used. People are universally using more packaging, bottles and cans than ever before.

What to recycle:

Almost every bottle either glass or plastic, containers - glass or plastics, cardboard, newspaper, magazines, office paper, tree trimmings, garden clippings, pallets, coconut shells and the list can go on.

How to separate recyclables:

It is easy to install and use two waste bins, one for all recyclables and the other for land fill waste.

Where to deliver recyclables:

All recyclables can be delivered to our site at Vaucluse, St. Thomas, at the public drop off area (see contact us page for operating hours) and placed into the single stream recyclables skip.

Why recycle:

The recycling process is done to preserve the consumption of raw resources, energy and reduce space used in landfills. More than 50% of a new aluminum cans are made from recycled aluminum. There is no limit to the amount of times aluminum can be recycled. Recycling 1 ton of paper saves 17 mature trees, 7,000 gallons of water, and 3 cubic yards of landfill space. Five recycled PET bottles make enough fiberfill to stuff a ski jacket.

Some of the benefits of recovering recyclable materials are: increasing foreign exchange, extended landfill life, reduction in emissions, and creation of local employment.

Recycling is processing used materials (waste) into new products to prevent waste of potentially useful materials, reduce the consumption of fresh raw materials, reduce energy usage, reduce air pollution (from incineration) and water pollution (from landfilling) by reducing the need for "conventional" waste disposal, and lower greenhouse gas emissions as compared to virgin production. Recycling is a key component of modern waste reduction and is the third component of the "Reduce, Reuse, Recycle" waste hierarchy.

Recyclable materials include many kinds of glass, paper, metal, plastic, textiles, and electronics. Although similar in effect, the composting or other reuse of biodegradable waste - such as food or garden waste - is not typically considered recycling. Materials to be recycled are either brought to a collection center or picked up from the curbside, then sorted, cleaned, and reprocessed into new materials bound for manufacturing.

In a strict sense, recycling of a material would produce a fresh supply of the same material€”for example, used office paper would be converted into new office paper, or used foamed polystyrene into new polystyrene. However, this is often difficult or too expensive (compared with producing the same product from raw materials or other sources), so "recycling" of many products or materials involves their reuse in producing different materials (e.g., paperboard) instead.

Recycling Conserves Resources
When we recycle, used materials are converted into new products, reducing the need to consume natural resources. If used materials are not recycled, new products are made by extracting fresh, raw material from the Earth, through mining and forestry.

Recycling helps conserve important raw materials and protects natural habitats for the future.

Recycling Saves Energy
Using recycled materials in the manufacturing process uses considerably less energy than that required for producing new products from raw materials - even when comparing all associated costs including transport etc.

Plus there are extra energy savings because more energy is required to extract, refine, transport and process raw materials ready for industry compared with providing industry-ready materials.

Recycling Helps Protect The Environment
Recycling reduces the need for extracting (mining, quarrying and logging), refining and processing raw materials all of which create substantial air and water pollution. 

As recycling saves energy it also reduces greenhouse gas emissions, which helps to tackle climate change. Current UK recycling is estimated to save more than 18 million tonnes of C02 a year - the equivalent to taking 5 million cars off the road.

Recycling Reduces Landfill
When we recycle, recyclable materials are reprocessed into new products, and as a result the amount of rubbish sent to landfill sites reduces. There are over 1,500 landfill sites in the UK, and in 2001, these sites produced a quarter of the UK's emissions of methane, a powerful greenhouse gas.

Adapted from Wikipedia and Recycle Now