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Eco Champion Trail

Eco Champion Trail #3 Recycle


#3 Recycle.

By recycling we reduce the need to use more natural resources.

Common recycling myths

“There is no point recycling, it doesn't make a difference”.  Yes it does!  Recycling stops tons of rubbish going to landfill. In the UK recycling saves about 10-15 million tonnes of carbon emissions a year, which is the equivalent of taking 3.5 million cars off the road.

“My recycling end up getting thrown away with the rubbish anyway”. This couldn’t be further from the truth! Your recycled material is a valuable resource. Once it has been collected from your kerb side, it's taken away to be sorted, bailed, processed and made into new products.

“I don’t create any food waste so I don’t need to use a food waste collection service”. What about plate scraps, vegetable peelings, egg shells, teabags and bones? These all count as food waste and can be placed in your food waste caddy to be recycled. No matter how little you recycle, it all helps!

“You can’t recycle all types of plastic containers”. Yes, you can! In Pembrokeshire from October 14th 2019, you can put ALL plastics (apart from black plastic and thin plastic films) out with the rest of your recycling. Yes, even yoghurt pots and tetra packs!

“You can only recycle paper a few times”. This is partly true - fibres in paper will start to break down by the time they have been recycled five or six times, however, even as the quality of the paper material reduces it can still be put to good use, eg. egg cartons, cardboard packaging, loft insulation.

“Recycling metal uses more energy than extracting the raw material in the first place”. This is not true –Recycling aluminium cans saves up to 95% of the energy needed to make new cans from fresh raw material. The energy saved in not having to make just one can is enough to power a TV for 3 hours.

Question #3: When do the new waste collection measures begin in Pembrokeshire?

Make a note of your answer and continue the Eco Champion Trail.

ID: 5057, revised 11/06/2020