The following items can be recycled at Recycling centres or Bring banks throughout the County.
Glass can be recycled either in the form of returnable bottles or by bringing glass bottles and jars to a bottle bank. Glass that is brought to a bottle bank must be sorted according by colour to avoid contamination. The glass is crushed and turned into "cullet". In the making of new glass, up to 40% of the raw material can be in the form of cullet. This amounts to significant savings in raw materials and energy needed to melt the glass.
Paper, cardboard, magazines, and other paper products are separated from each other in a Materials Recycling Facility, where they are baled and sent for recycling to a paper mill. There are different recycling markets for the different types of paper products which is why they are separated. They are turned into paper pulp and recycled back into other paper products.
The aluminium can (drink can) and Steel (food can) is one of the most valuable of the common waste materials. Baled aluminium cans are smelted into 27 tonne ingots, which are then rolled before being made into cans and other products.
There are many different types of plastic on the market such as:
PET - Polyethane Terephthalate: drink bottles
HDPE – High Density Polyethylene: Shampoo/Detergent Bottles
LDPE – Low Density Polyethylene: Plastic bags/bubble wrap/cling film
PE – Polyethylene
Not all of these plastics can be recycled. Plastic bottles, such as PET/HDPE can be shredded and recycled as fibre for the polyester lining for sleeping bags, pillows and quilted jackets. Recycled plastics, such as LDPE can be used in a wide range of areas, such as fencing, garden furniture, car bumpers
Any clothes which are in good condition are sent to African countries where they are re-worn. Clothes and textiles that are not suitable for to be worn again are shredded and recycled into carpet underlay felt, machine wiping cloths or fibre filler for furniture.
Lead acid batteries (cars, trucks, boats, tractors, etc.) are made of plastic and contain dilute sulphuric acid and lead. During the recycling process, the batteries are crushed, the acid is drained off and neutralized and the plastic and lead is compacted and baled for recycling. Button batteries (cameras, hearing aids, watches, computers and calculators) can be recycled using a thermal process. Domestic rechargeable batteries (mobile and cordless phones, laptops, power tools and cordless appliances) can be also recycled using a thermal process, which reclaims the cadmium, nickel and iron. The reclaimed cadmium is used to make new batteries while the nickel and iron are used to make stainless steel.
Household appliances like washing machines, cookers, dryers, dishwashers and toasters can be dismantled. The ferrous and non-ferrous metals are separated and the remainder is disposed of. There are also specialist recyclers who process the more complex items such as computers and televisions. These recyclers separate components of the equipment for resale or recycling of valuable materials.
Grass, leaves, hedge clippings are sent to a composting facility where during the natural breakdown of this organic product, excellent quality compost can be produced.
Waste mineral oil (fuel oil and lubrication oil) can be reprocessed and re-sold as low-grade industrial lubricant or industrial boiler fuel oil to generate heat, electricity or both. Vegetable oils, such as cooking oil, should never be mixed with mineral oil.
You will see various recycling symbols on products and packaging. The most common is the MOBIUS LOOP - three arrows in a circle. This means that a product is either recyclable or has some recycled content. However, unless there is an outlet to accept this material, it cannot be accepted at a recycling centre.
Another common symbol is the Green Dot. This is a pan-European symbol that appears under licence on the packaging of products you buy. It means that the supplier of that packaging is committed to protecting the environment by funding the recovery and recycling of their packaging waste. You can visit Repak's Green Dot website to learn more.