We all know about the importance of recycling these days, but how many of us actually understand the tangible benefits to the environment that arise as a direct result of recycling?
Prior to launching my own miniature investigation into the topic, I can confidently (if slightly shamefacedly) admit to having not much of a clue about what it meant to put my milk cartons and beer bottles in the yellow bin and my food scraps in the green. I will even- VERY shamefully- admit to having dumped household rubbish into a skip my neighbours had hired. Yes, yes, I know. It was the 90’s. I was too busy gazing at my shoes to notice the hole in the ozone layer.
So what happens when you recycle? Greenhouse gas emissions are cut, which in turn delivers significant energy and water savings. Non-renewable virgin resources are conserved. Using recycled manufactured materials rather than raw materials takes far less of a toll in the environment, as it is a cleaner and less energy intensive approach Dirty Harrys Bin Hire use such materials which are non harmful to our environment.
But the issue remains: just what can you recycle, and what will only causes headaches for your poor waste removalists? (and a bigger bill when your skip is emptied at a recycling station, only to be found to contain non-recyclable materials)
Here’s a short list of the things you should never recycle. You might be surprised at some of the inclusions (I regret to inform you that your pizza box will not be reborn as a tasteful table decoration or cardboard cafe stool):
aerosol cans, batteries, nappies, coffee mugs and any other ceramic materials, juice boxes (due to the inner coating), paper towels and serviettes, plastic bags and wraps, styrofoam, wet paper, syringes, paper containing bright dyes, tires, household glass- eg. window panes- and plastic bottle tops.
The inclusion of so many paper products is due to the fact that many of the different types of paper we use- serviettes, for example- absorb materials that render them unsuitable for recycling. If you’d like to know more about safe, environmentally friendly waste removal, visit www.dirtyharrysbinhire.com.au