It’s easy to get blasé about recycling when all you see is the ‘putting things in the bin’ end of things. But, when you think about it, it’s like modern-day alchemy. Old drinks bottles coming back to life as football tops. Aerosols becoming mobile phone parts. Food scraps making electricity! It’s like very clever magic really.
What is recycling?
Recycling is better for the environment than sending our rubbish to landfill, but it still creates carbon emissions through the recycling process. The best thing we can do is to first reduce the amount of products we consume and reuse what we already have.
Up to 60% of what households throwaway could be recycled.
The positive impacts of recycling
Reduces the amount of waste sent to landfill (meaning less landfill tax for Scotland)
Keeps valuable resources in the country which is good for the Scottish economy
Creates jobs in Scotland
Less litter and pollution
Reduces the need for extracting (mining, quarrying and logging), refining and processing raw materials
Turns rubbish into something useful or innovative - like bags or phone cases!
Take the next step
Recycling is important, but minimising waste in the first place is even better so reduce or reuse as much as you can.
If in doubt, leave it out
Contamination by food residue or non-recyclable materials can ruin the batch and cause it to be sent to landfill.
Follow local instructions on how to recycle when at home or out and about.