Friday, 17 August 2007

Recycling Facts and costs for Rushmoor

Every year, the average dustbin contains enough unrealised energy for 500 baths, 3500 showers or 5,000 hours of television. [source:]


Amazingly, recycling it requires only 5% of the energy it takes to make new aluminium – and produces only 5% of the CO2 emissions. [source:]


Producing steel from recycled material saves 75% of the energy needed for steel made from virgin material [source: ]
Every steel can is 100% recyclable. It can be recycled over and over again into products like bicycles and of course new cans [source: ]


Glass can be recycled again and again without losing its clarity or purity [source: ]
· Making glass bottles and jars from recycled ones saves energy. The energy saving from recycling one bottle will: - Power a 100 watt light bulb for almost an hour - Power a computer for 20 minutes - Power a colour TV for 15 minutes - Power a washing machine for 10 minutes [source: ]
Probably the most important thing about recycling glass is the energy saving – when using recycled glass to make new containers, 315Kg of CO2 is saved for every tonne of recycled glass used. [source: "Glass Recycling - Life Cycle Carbon Dioxide Emissions. A Life Cycle Analysis Report". Prepared for British Glass by Enviros Consulting Ltd November 2003.]

Plastic Bottles

Recycling just one plastic bottle saves enough energy to power a 60W light bulb for six hours [Source: Recoup]


70% less energy is required to recycle paper compared with making it from raw materials.

Sale of recyclate

Last year, the Council had an income of £46,500 from sale of blue bin material.

Impact of recycling on the larger environmental debate

It is difficult to find factual information on this topic, however to give some indication, this statement was released by the Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP).

Current UK recycling saves 10-15 million tonnes of CO2 equivalent greenhouse gases a year. This is equivalent to taking 3.5 million cars off the road. By recycling, everyone can make a difference on climate change. [Source: WRAP, May 2006]

Waste Collection Costs

Broadly speaking, the costs of waste collection in Rushmoor (based on the figure

reported in our Council Tax leaflet) is £2,084,000.

Moving to AWC alone would save £138,200 in collection costs, plus an additional £20,000 of income from additional recycling

Moving to smaller bin emptied weekly would cost the Council approximately £120,000 in collection costs, plus £36,000p.a. capital equivalent for new bins and generate an estimated £17,000 income from additional recycling

Fortnightly kerbside glass would cost the Council approximately £269,500 p.a.

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