Responsible Management of Waste and Resources
Until now, waste has been a problem typically managed by shipping it long distances for disposal. This results in serious emissions from trucking and shifts the environmental burden to areas that didn’t create the waste.
The hierarchy captures the progression of a material or product through successive stages of waste management, and represents the latter part of the life-cycle for each product.
The aim of the waste hierarchy is to extract the maximum practical benefits from products and to generate the minimum amount of waste. The proper application of the waste hierarchy can have several benefits.
It can help prevent emissions of greenhouse gases, reduces pollutants, save energy, conserves resources, create jobs and stimulate the development of green technologies.
This hierarchy has been generally accepted throughout the world by business and local governments
What can be Recycled
The image below highlights waste items that can be recycled and what cannot be recycled.
What is recyclable
- Cold drink and beer cans
- Food tins
- Metal lids of glass jars
- Aluminium cans (eg, Red Bull), foil and foil packaging
- Paint, oil and aerosol cans (leave labels on them so recyclers can see whether they contain hazardous material).
- Rusty cans can be recycled
- Beverage bottles
- Food jars such as tomato sauce, jam and mayonnaise bottles
- Drinking glasses
- White office paper
- Magazines and books (as long as nothing is laminated)
- Cardboard (boxes and cereal boxes).
- Laminated or waxy paper
- Punch confetti
- Carbon paper
Plastics are made from oil, a non-renewable resource, and much of the plastic packaging we use every day is recyclable. Ice cream and milk containers, fabric softener bottles, plastic bags and even cling-wrap can all be recycled.
#1 – PET (Polyethylene Terephthalate)
#2 – HDPE (High-Density Polyethylene)
#3 – PVC (Polyvinyl Chloride)
#4 – LDPE (Low-Density Polyethylene)
#5 – PP (Polypropylene)
#6 – PS (Polystyrene)
#7 – Other (BPA, Polycarbonate and LEXAN)
Click on this link for detailed explanation of above plastics
What is NOT Recyclable
Disposable batteries are not recycled – this is apparently because the material recovery rate is too small to make recycling economically viable. But they should not be thrown away with ordinary household waste either, because they contain toxic chemicals that can leach into the soil and groundwater. Rechargeable batteries, on the other hand, are recyclable. Add to this the fact that they last a lot longer than ordinary batteries and you have a compelling argument to buy rechargeables from now on.
You CANNOT recycle
- Ceramics (plates).