Our last blog looked at the Queensland government’s targets to reduce waste and their recognition of the universal trend towards recycling. Australians are now committing to high levels of recycling. When people understand how much energy can be saved through their recycling efforts and the positive impacts upon the environment, it creates an even stronger motivation to recycle.
Recycled plastic is used to produce plastic products, saving approximately 88% of energy compared to production of plastic items from the raw materials. A surprising array of products are manufactured from recycled plastics:
- plant pots
- picnic tables and park benches
- compost bins
- garden edging
- sign posts
- speed humps
- carpet fibre
- paint brushes
- automotive parts
- plastic bottles
Glass is 100% recyclable, able to be recycled over and over, indefinitely, even millions of times. Making glass products with recycled glass saves 30% of energy. Refillable glass bottles save more energy than throwaway bottles, using only 19,000 BTUs of energy, compared to 38,000 BTUs. One recycled glass bottle will save enough energy to power four hours of a 100 watt electric light bulb.
Aluminium cans will save a massive 95% of energy when recycled to make more aluminium cans, cars and aeroplanes. Recycling just one aluminium can will save enough energy to power your TV for three hours or a 100 watt light bulb for 3.5 hours.
Significant environmental savings are made when steel is recycled into structural steel, bolts and nuts, coat hangers and steel cans:
- 74% savings in energy
- 86% reduction in air pollution
- 90% savings in virgin materials
- 40% reduction in water use
- 76% reduction in water pollution
- 97% reduction in mining wastes
Kartaway Queensland support these recycling efforts, providing bins and skips in Brisbane as well as skips and bins in the Gold Coast and the Sunshine Coast to corporates and the public. They recycle wherever possible and look forward to the new opportunities to recycle and recover a greater percentage of waste as the new strategy rolls out.