Recycling your


Recycling your waste

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What is recycling?

The definition of recycling, the action of changing waste (rubbish) into either the same product or a different one. It involves some kind of industrial process. For example, using old plastic bottles to make new ones.1

When the material has fulfilled the intended purpose it was made for, it is known as waste. Before it is discarded consider the below;

• Can waste be reused? Serving the same purpose and in the same state
• Can waste be recycled? Turning the waste into something else or be used for something other than its intended purpose, with or without alteration
• Can waste be recovered? Replacing something with the recovered waste or using the recovered waste to aid the process or main function towards something else

Disposing waste - Use the correct recycle or waste bin, for example, general waste, mixed recycling or hazardous waste. For a comprehensive list of waste items, find out which bin to use with Recycle Now.

Make recycling second nature

What is a circular economy?

The definition of a circular economy is to use resources for as long as possible, to not use new resources, creating a closed system, any output is recovered or regenerated back into the system.2

To move to a circular economy, recycling needs to be second nature. This starts with how the materials are sourced and treated along the entire supply chain; manufacturing chain, distributors, retailers, consumers and recycling centres. Each stage has a key part, but recycling plays a central part. It minimises or in some instances removes the use of natural resources, reducing the environmental impacts of our different consumption patterns.