Recycling reduces the demand for raw materials. By recovering materials from old products we are removing or reducing the need to extract yet more raw materials from the earth.
If you don't recycle, your black bag waste will be landfilled - what a waste!.
Pembrokeshire County Council provides many ways in which you can recycle your waste these include:
How are materials recycled?
What you threw away is ready to be made into paper.
Putting steel cans into your recycling orange bag/bring bank is a great way to save valuable natural resources.
What happens to your steel cans when they are recycled?
Did you know? Recycled Steel has a very high resale value which is a big incentive not to throw it away.
Did you know? Steel cans be recycled time and time again, without any loss of quality.
Did you know you can recycle more than just your food and drinks cans? Why don't you put all your steel packaging containers out for recycling? Items like old air freshener, deodorant containers, jam jar lids and biscuit tins are all acceptable.
Once your aluminium has been collected and sorted here's what happens to it when it is recycled?
Do you know the difference between aluminium and steel cans? If you are unsure, hold a magnet next to your can. If the magnet sticks to the can, it's steel and if it doesn't, it's made from aluminium. Aluminium cans are also softer than steel and easier crush.
When you recycle glass:
Did you know? using glass cullet in a furnace uses less energy than making new glass from scratch?
Did you know? we can recycle glass indefinitely? -if we recycle it, this resource can be used again and again. If we don't, this valuable resource will be sent to landfill and lost forever (Source: Wasteonline.org.uk)
On average, every family in the UK consumes around 330 glass bottles and jars a year.(Source: British Glass)
Did you know that your plastic pop bottles can be recycled to make a fleece jacket like this one?
It takes approximately 25 recycled bottles to make one fleece jacket.
How is it done?
*Extruded means the heated material is forced through a small opening, like toothpaste being pushed out of a tube.
Compost at home - how is compost made?
Food Waste - Anaerobic Digestion (AD)
This is the Welsh Assembly Government's preferred technology for treating food waste. AD is a source of 100 percent renewable energy. Even the power used to run the AD plant itself will come from its own internal energy generation process.
At its most basic level, this technology works just like us. It takes in food, digests it, and turns it into energy. Using natural bacteria the process breaks down food waste in the absence of oxygen. This produces a biogas that can be used to create heat and electricity. It also produces a digestate similar to compost. This can be used as a soil conditioner to return vital nutrients back to the land. This improves soil quality while reducing our reliance on artificial fertilisers.
Listen to the BBC Radio 4 interview on how anaerobic digestion works.
Sarah Mukherjee reports on Government Plans to Invest in Anaerobic Digestion (opens new window).
Watch John Craven's report:
Food Waste & Anaerobic Digestion (opens new window) for the BBC's Countryfile
Here are some facts:
Over 60% of your household bin can be recycled.
When we bury our rubbish we are losing valuable natural resources and wasting the energy, water and transport costs used in its production. The only sustainable answer to the problem is to recycle our waste.
Materials from recycling collections all over Wales are sent to materials recycling facilities (MRF). As householders have enabled clean materials of the same type to reach the MRF, they can be collected in bulk and often compacted further before they are transported for recycling into new products! Some of the energy that would have been used in producing ‘virgin' materials will be saved due to householders recycling more of their waste.