We all want to live in a clean and attractive place that we can be proud of, and together we have avoided pouring thousands of tonnes of waste into landfill sites, but we need to ensure that everyone is recycling as much as they possibly can.

If you don’t currently recycle, then we need you to get on-board now or you could cost yourself, your Council and your fellow neighbour’s money – even more importantly you are damaging the environment.

If your Local Authority fails to hit the Welsh Government targets of 70% by 2024/25, it will receive hefty fines, which could result in your Council reducing its services to pay for it.

Here’s why everyone’s doing IT:

  • It’s easy
  • It’s good for the environment
  • It sets a good example
  • It’s collected weekly
  • It reduces the need to use more natural resources.
  • It makes a difference
  • It can power your home

Recycling Myths

What's the point of recycling?

What’s the point of recycling, IT doesn’t make a difference anyway?

Yes IT does!  Recycling stops tonnes of rubbish being buried in landfill. In the UK, recycling saves about 10-15 million tonnes of carbon emissions a year, which is the equivalent of taking 3.5 million cars off the road.

Doesn’t IT end up getting thrown away with the rubbish anyway?

This couldn’t be further from the truth! Your recycled material is a valuable resource. Once IT has been collected (this includes recycling collected in the back of bin lorries) from your doorstep it’s taken away to be sorted, bailed and then transported to re-processors to be made into new products.

I don’t create any food waste so I don’t need to use a food waste collection service.

We all create at least some unavoidable food waste. What about plate scraps, vegetable peelings, egg shells, teabags and bones? These all count as food waste and can be placed in your food waste caddy to be recycled. No matter how little you recycle, it all helps! Contact your local council to sign up today!

Recycling metal uses more energy than extracting the raw material in the first place.

This is not true – mining and processing metal uses huge amounts of resources and energy. Recycling metal items such as drinks cans and soup tins saves energy. Recycling aluminium cans saves up to 95% of the energy needed to make new cans from fresh raw material. The energy saved in not having to make just one can is enough to power a TV for 3 hours.