Where do the recyclables go?

sebpeteThe products below are 100% recyclable and have another chance at life so keep rescuing them please!

Some of The Recyclables come back in a very similar form, but others are made into something complexly different. Blu and PETE are great examples of coming back in a very different way!

PLASTICS – 1 (PETE) and 2 (HDPE)

Are baled and shipped overseas depending on buyer demand.

If you recycle PETE he can be made into a new bottle for a drink, salad dressing or a household cleaning product. Many of the large beverage manufacturers now produce new PETE bottles with a large percentage of recycled PETE in them (in some cases they are completely recycled).

PETE can also become fabric (polyester) for sports gear, fibrefill for coats, pillows and sleeping bags, upholstery fabric and carpet.

HDPE like Blu is made into tougher products like plastic timber, deck furniture, truck cargo liners, detergent containers, buckets, compost bins and recycling bins.

TINS & CANS – ALUMINIUM & STEEL

Aluminium and steel cans are baled and shipped overseas to be remade into new cans or other products.

Recycled aluminium has been made into furniture, bikes, BBQs, aircraft and even space shuttles.

Recycled steel is made into aerosols, car bodies, furniture and a range of other products.

DID YOU KNOW?

Recycling aluminium to be made into new cans uses just 10% of the energy required to manufacture them from raw materials.

Using scrap steel (recycled cans) saves up to 75% of the energy needed to make steel from virgin materials, reduces air emissions by 86% and reduces water pollution by 76%.

GLASS – GREEN, CLEAR, BROWN BOTTLES AND JARS

Glass is 100% recyclable. It is sorted at kerbside then heads to O-I New Zealand in Auckland, where it is placed in a furnace and remade into new bottles and jars.

DID YOU KNOW?

Glass that is not furnace quality is used in New Zealand in golf bunkers, under sporting turf, as a base course for roading, water filtration, agricultural mulch, concrete foundations, decorative paving stones and garden landscaping.

PAPER & CARD

Paper goes to Auckland, is re-sorted and made into new paper products. Cardboard heads away to Kinleith, gets broken down into pulp and re-made into new packaging.

DID YOU KNOW?

It takes 786 million trees every year to produce the world’s paper supply.

Recycling paper uses about half the amount of energy and water needed to manufacture paper from virgin materials.

One tree can make around 3,077 pieces of A4 size paper.

Paper is one of the quickest of all the materials to decompose; it takes around three weeks to three months to break down.