Outline∗ Introduction∗ Recycling system and how does it work? eCycle Grey water recycling Newsprint recycling Plastics recycling∗ What are the best/worst parts of the system? Best parts of the system Bad/worst parts of the system
Introduction∗ What is recycling?∗ Why is recycling important? Recycling saves the Earth Recycling saves energy Recycling reduces waste products in landfills Recycling helps you save money Resources are limited Electronics contain toxic chemicals like lead, cadmium, beryllium and other dangerous heavy metals.∗ History of Australian recycling The first Australian paper mill to use recycled material was built in 1815
Recycling system and how does it work?∗ What are the stages of the recycling process? The first stage is the collecting and sorting. The second stage is the manufacturing. Final stage is the selling of the recycled products to consumers.
Recycling system and how does it work?∗ eCycle∗ ECO Design Greywater Recycling System(GRS)∗ Newsprint recycling∗ Plastics recycling
eCycle∗ When you take your electronics to the certified recycler, you can easily be hit with a $25 to $50 disposal fee.∗ However, these specialized garbage companies ensure that anything of value within the electronic device is recycled and reused.∗ Some popular retail stores will also have recycle specialists who will process your e-waste.
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ECO Design Greywater Recycling System (GRS) ∗ Our use of water The average Australians household uses many liters of water every day, including in the: Bathroom – 50 per cent Laundry – 22 per cent Garden – 19 per cent Kitchen – 8 per cent. ∗ (GRS) is a low cost and low maintenance greywater treatment and distribution system for irrigating the vegetation in your garden. ∗ The GRS can be installed to reuse the water from just the bathroom or from the bathroom and the laundry or the entire greywater output from your house.
Newsprint recycling∗ The waste paper undergoes a process in which it is made into new paper products.∗ Australians used 685,000 tons of newsprint in 2002 and recycled 500,000 tons.∗ The picture to the right represents pencils made from recycled newspapers.
Plastics recycling∗ The recycling process for a plastic product begins by individuals separating them from their regular trash.∗ Afterwards, the plastics get split into various pieces before shredding them into some even sized smaller flakes.∗ This process is implemented by a machine known as bale breaker.∗ Some of the more well known recycled plastics are juice and milk containers as well as water bottles.∗ Interestingly, the plastic bottles do not normally get remanufactured as plastic bottles.
What are the best parts of the system?∗ Today, members of The Australian Council of Recyclers annually reprocess more than 11 million tones of recyclable material.∗ And they directly employ over 5,000 Australians in resource recovery activities.∗ Over the past decade, there have been some very good results for newspaper and aluminum can recycling.∗ Australians are now the best newspaper recycler in the world.∗ Australia keeps the second place in recycling rates around the world.
What are the worst parts of the system?∗ Nearly half of Australians are confused about what can and cannot be recycled.∗ As a result, people are throwing out material that can easily be recycled. But worse still, people are putting rubbish in their recycling bins that can stop material from being recycled.∗ Just 15 grams of oven proof glass can stop a whole tons of normal glass from being recycled.∗ 18 million printer cartridges are still being thrown into landfill every year.
What are the worst parts of the system?∗ Too few mobile phones are being recycled.∗ Australia is still in a position where we cannot calculate a proper national recycling rate because none of the states use a standard way of measuring recycling and waste minimization efforts around Australia.∗ How can we reduce our levels of waste if we cannot properly measure how much we are recycling or not?