is the third and final level of the waste hierarchy.
Recycling recovers value from things that would otherwise simply be disposed
of. It means that fewer natural resources are being exploited. The more
people that recycle, the cheaper the products will be.
are many things you can recycle such as glass, paper, steel and aluminium
from cans, foil and plastics. Different systems are available to help
us recycle materials; the most common ones are bring systems (e.g. bottle
banks) or kerbside collection schemes. The second example is being introduced
by many local authorities across Scotland and will increase steadily over
the next decade.
find out where your nearest Recycling Centre or Point is, please visit the Sort It tool.
can be done at home, for example by making compost. It can also be
done via a kerbside system whereby specific recyclates are collected
from outside your house and taken away for sorting, baling and reprocessing.
Or, you can take specific recyclates (materials that can be recycled) to your local Recycling Centres and Points.
at home using a composter, food digester or wormery.
Community composting. Centralised composting.
Tea bags/leaves or coffee grounds
House and outdoor plant clippings
can be recycled into fibres, or other plastic items
detergent or drinks bottles
are very valuable and be recycled again and again.
or steel food and drinks cans.
Scrap, from, for example old cars, computers and other electronic
or electrical items.
can be recycled to make new paper, envelopes, toilet and kitchen roll,
magazines, the contents of mail, receipts, etc.
can be recycled to make chipboard.
and packing cases
Toilet / kitchen roll insides
can be recycled to make a number of different things, such as new
vases, glasses, etc., aggregate for road surface, shotblasting, etc.
and drink bottles and jars
can be recycled to make paper or new textiles.
clothes - natural and synthetic materials.
Curtains, sheets, blankets, rags.
phones contain many valuable. components, such as precious metals,
which can be recycled over and over again
goods also have valuable components
machines, fridges, cookers, etc
or household batteries
can be cleaned up and used again.
and cooking oil.