Vanio Calgaro, General Manager of Australian Packaging Covenant, commented recently that Australians are doing the right thing and that recycling has become a way of life. The actual savings on environmental impact are highly motivating. Recycled plastic when used to produce plastic products saves 88% of energy. A large variety of products can be produced from recycled plastic:
- picnic tables and park benches
- compost bins
- garden edging
- speed humps
- sign posts
- plant pots
- paint brushes
- carpet fibre
- automotive parts
- plastic bottles
Recycled glass saves 30% of energy when used to make more glass products. It is totally 100% recyclable, able to be recycled over and over again indefinitely. Refillable glass bottles save on energy, using half the energy of a throwaway bottle. Recycling one glass bottle will save enough energy to power four hours of an 100 watt electric light. Aluminium cans when recycled to make more cans save a massive 95% of energy.
Power your TV for three hours or run a 100 watt bulb for 3.5 hours from the energy you save when you recycle just one aluminium can. Save 74% in energy and reduce air pollution by 86% when steel steel is recycled into products. With a whopping 90% savings in virgin materials, this means that water pollution is reduced by 76% and mining waste is reduced by 97%!. Recycled steel cans are used to make more steel cans, structural steel, bolts and nuts and coat hangers.
Kartaway support all recycling efforts, providing waste management plans to corporates, skips and bins to the public and a Recycling Depot in East Brunswick, Melbourne. They recycle most waste collected and their Depot is open 7 days.