Waste that is not separated for recycling is incinerated at the Bellozanne Energy from Waste Plant. Although we generate electricity from burning rubbish, incineration creates ash which must be disposed of and releases gases into the atmosphere. By reducing your waste and recycling as much as possible, you will be helping to reduce the production of ash and gas from the Energy from Waste Plant and saving the world’s precious resources.
Recycling saves resources When we recycle, used materials are converted into new products, reducing the need to consume natural resources. If used materials are not recycled, new products are made by extracting fresh, raw materials from the earth, through mining and forestry. Recycling helps conserve important raw materials and protects natural habitats for the future.
Recycling saves energy Using recycled materials in the manufacturing process uses considerably less energy than that required for producing new products from raw materials – even when comparing all associated costs including transport etc. There are also extra energy savings because more energy is required to extract, refine, transport and process raw materials ready for industry, compared with providing industry-ready materials.
Recycling helps protect the environment Recycling reduces the need for extracting (mining, quarrying and logging), refining and processing raw materials. All of these create substantial air and water pollution. As recycling saves energy it also reduces greenhouse gas emissions, which helps to tackle climate change.
Recycling reduces incineration When we recycle, recyclable materials are reprocessed into new products, and as a result, the amount of rubbish sent for incineration reduces. Burning your rubbish creates ash which is difficult to dispose of and gases which are released into the atmosphere. Missed our last post? Click here