5 myths about recycling
If you’re not recycling as much as you could be, chances are it’s because you’ve been influenced by one or two great myths about recycling which are thwarting your recycling efforts. Here are 5 myths about recycling and why you should disregard them completely.
- The process of collecting rubbish causes more pollution than recycling saves
Some people wrongly assume that the process of collecting waste materials in trucks, transporting this to a waste to energy facility, sorting it using machinery and transporting anything left over to landfill actually adds more pollution to the environment than it saves. This is not true, and in fact we have just invested in a new fleet of trucks with an even bigger capacity meaning they can collect more recycling in one go before heading back to the facility for processing – thus reducing carbon emissions and contributing in a more positive way to the environment.
- All the recycling has to be sorted by hand
We’ll admit that there is some hand sorting that goes on by our dedicated team in our factory, but we’re also constantly innovating when it comes to designing and building machinery necessary to promote continuous improvement.Optical sorts, vibrating screens, eddy currents and magnets are used throughout our facility, which is one of the most advanced MRF’s in Europe. By looking at our machinery and engineering needs we are constantly making our factory more efficient, reducing the need for various waste streams to be sorted by hand.
- Most of it just gets sent to landfill anyway
When it comes to processing municipal solid waste, no one does it better than us! We can recover up to 98% of the materials being processed through our facility, with anything leftover being transformed into refuse derived fuel (RDF), so we’d like to debunk the theory once and for all that most of your rubbish gets sent to landfill after you throw it away.
- Recycling doesn’t save natural resources
Recycling definitely helps to save natural resources like coal, oil and wood sources by turning old material into new reusable materials without having to constantly seek a fresh source of raw materials. This myth is probably causing a lot of people to not recycle as much as they could, but it’s absolutely essential to continue recycling to protect our natural resources and the wildlife around them.
- Recycling is a chore
If you’re put off by the idea of recycling because you think it’s a hassle, it’s really only a small mind-set change. Most of your household items will be clearly labelled so you know if they can or can’t be recycled, and if they can, you’ll know which category they fall into. Most of the waste in your home can be recycled, either by a planned collection of your coloured bins by the local council, or in your own home through your own efforts – for example using food waste to start a compost heap. Don’t make it into a chore when it doesn’t have to be.