Recycling Facility

Recycling Facility at WERS

Why Recycling Matters

Not only can recycling help the environment, but we can all benefit from recycling things from around the house, at work and during our leisure time.If you’re not already recycling, find out more about how easy it is and how you can really make a difference.  For those who already recycle, discover the positive effect your recycling efforts are making and find out what else you may be able to do.

Recycling Conserves Resources and helps protect the environment

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 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.

Recycling saves energy and reduces landfill

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. When we recycle, recyclable materials are reprocessed into new products, and as a result the amount of rubbish sent to landfill sites reduces. Landfill sites produce emissions of methane, a powerful greenhouse gas.

Plastics Recycling

There are three key factors when thinking about how to recycle – The 3 R’s:

Reduce
Reuse
Recycle

Recycling Etiquette

Recycling can sometimes be confusing and it can be difficult to know whether you are following all the right rules. Improve your recycling efforts by learning some recycling rules and check out which type of collection is best.Recycling collection schemes aim to, firstly, divert more waste from landfill and, secondly, facilitate efficient, profitable recycling.

How can I improve the way I recycle?

To reduce contamination and improve recycling efficiency, wash and squash!
Wash – Scrape out any food remains/pour away excess liquid. Rinse the container (use your washing-up water)
Squash – Crush metal cans. Squeeze plastic bottles flat to expel as much air as possible.
These steps help prevent contamination and reduce the volume of recyclate, making collections more energy efficient.
What about lids, rings and labels?
If you can remove labels and lids from glass jars and bottles, that’s great, but don’t worry too much because, in the recycling process, the items are re-washed. After crushing, any non-glass objects are removed.
Removing the caps and lids from plastic containers is more important. Plastic caps are often made from a different polymer type, and therefore have a different melting point when compared to the plastic used for the bottle itself. Too many lids will contaminate the load, so remove and throw away plastic caps where possible. The plastic ring around the neck of the bottle can be left on – a minimal amount of contamination is tolerated.
Remove paper clips, staples and plastic envelope windows from paper. Also remove excessive amounts of tape and labelling from cardboard packaging. Small amounts won’t affect the recycling process unduly.
Can I recycle soiled paper?
Paper fibres cannot be recycled if they are contaminated with food. Here are a few tips – Put greasy wrappers into your compost/main rubbish. Tear out contaminated portions (e.g. a cheesy pizza box lid), and recycle the clean remainder. Use tissues as compost, as their dense fibres make them unsuitable for paper recycling.

How do I know what I can recycle?

Check out our guide on WHAT GOES IN MY RECYCLE BIN  or visit www.mywaste.ie

Remember the 3 R’s:

Reduce to help recycle
Reuse to help recycle
Recycle as much as possible