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What is recycling?
It is the processing of many materials found in our waste into new materials or products of the same or different type so that waste is converted many times over into something useful.
Which waste materials and unwanted items can be recycled?
Paper, glass, plastics, aluminium, garden wastes, hazardous wastes, oils, mobile phones, batteries, CDs, computer cartridges and toners, in fact almost any item or component.
What can be made from recycled materials?
Here’s just a selection. Paper can be recycled into newspaper, toilet paper, writing and printer paper, envelopes and packaging. Recycled glass is used to produce new glass bottles and containers, it is added to aggregates to create surface textures, paving stones, road surfacing and tiles and is used in fibreglass manufacture. Recycled plastics are used for producing packaging, carrier bags, refuse sacks, containers, clothing, fencing and furniture.
Why recycle waste?
Recycling can contribute substantially towards minimising the volume of waste produced and reduces disposal costs and problems such as those associated with landfill sites. Recycling waste materials conserves natural resources and saves energy and money. It extends the life of a material and maximises the value extracted from raw materials. Every tonne of paper from recycled pulp saves 15 trees. Every tonne of glass recycled saves 1.18 tonnes of raw materials. Recycling generates jobs and revenue (from selling recycled materials).
How can we get involved?
We can be Part of the Solution with Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council’s Kerbside Recycling Service. We can also be Part of the Solution and take items to new facilities provided at the Council’s Household Waste and Recycling Centres. Please see the following pages for details.
What else can we do?
We can buy more products that have been made from recycled material. Products and packaging often have some kind of recycling symbol on them. The most common is like that shown below, which means that a product is either recyclable or has some recycled content.