Recycle Week 2015 is here again and this year the focus is on recycling around the home. The idea is to get us thinking about all the items we can recycle from around the home that we might not previously have thought of recycling. Most of us recycle just about everything we can from our kitchens such as glass jars, bottles, food cans, drink cans, tin foil, cereal boxes etc. If we stop and think, could we recycle that bit more if we looked at what we have in other rooms in the house? How about the bedroom for example, tissue boxes, magazines, deodorant bottles and clothing. Or in the bathroom for those shampoo bottles, face cream jars, cardboard toilet roll tubes and toothpaste boxes. If we do that bit extra during Recycle Week who knows; maybe we will get into the habit of recycling more.
At Recycle for Greater Manchester we want to say WELL DONE to the residents who live in Bury, Bolton, Tameside, Manchester, Salford, Rochdale, Oldham, Stockport and Trafford as they have managed to recycle over 50,000 tonnes of glass, steel and aluminum cans and plastics bottles over the last year!
- 37,625 tonnes of glass – this could be recycled into over 500,000 wine bottles
- 6,331 tonnes of steel cans, that is about the same weight as around 4, 500 cars! and 1,569 tonnes of aluminium cans and foil which is 100% recyclable and,
- 6,260 tonnes of plastic bottles which could end up as clothing, plastic lumber or more bottles.
The mixed recycling (steel cans, glass bottles / jars, aluminium cans / foil, plastic bottles) that you put in your recycling bin at home, ends up at our Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) at Sharston near Wythenshawe, Manchester. The amazing machines used (magnets, breaker screens, lasers, air jets and eddy current separators) are able to sort and separate the recycling ready to be turned into brilliant new products (if you want to see this sorting process in action come along to one of our open days or book a community or school visit ).
This is all good stuff but what happens to all the recycling once it is sorted and separated? Whilst many of the cans we recycle, end up as new cans back on the shelves in just 6 weeks; some of them come back as car parts, aeroplane wings and much more…. such as a high performance car. The Audi A8 contains 520kg of recycled aluminium that’s almost 35,000 cans.
Old glass bottles and jars can be made into new ones but we can even insulate our lofts. Why not watch this video to see how.
And as for plastic bottles, they could end up as part of a car too. The new Range Rover uses 33.9kg of recycled plastic, the equivalent of around 2700 plastic bottles. We know that plastic bottles can be recycled into fabric too. On average each of the 2014 England World Cup team’s kits contained 18 plastic bottles. We have also found these really funky and useful storage bags made from plastic bottles.
And to top it all, we are really happy that one jeans manufacturer is doing its bit to improve our world in collaboration with Pharrell Williams this company is using plastic recovered from the sea to create this fantastic clothing line.
Why not try to recycle more from around the home for Recycle Week and remember recycling is happiness and happiness is important! To find out how to recycle more from around your home during Recycle Week 22-28th June, visit www.recyclenow.com