This is the third and most well known of the 3Rs because most households have a recycling box/bin or sack. Recycling is much better than throwing things away because resources are not wasted; instead, they go through a process that converts them into something new.
Recycling is not as good as reducing rubbish because the energy and resources have already been used to make the item in the first place. Recycling is also not as good as reuse because the process of recycling involves using energy and resources to collect, sort and process the unwanted items. However, recycling is still fantastic and far better than just throwing things away (disposal).
For information on how you can recycle waste at your school, check out the 'How to Recycle at school' guide in the download box on the right-hand side of this page.
What can I recycle & where?
Find out what you can recycle and where you can recycle by clicking on the images below.
The benefits of recycling
Recycling helps protect the environment - Recycling prevents air and water pollution by reducing the need to collect new raw materials. As recycling also saves energy it also reduces greenhouse gas emissions, which helps to tackle climate change.
Recycling saves natural resources - When we recycle, used materials are turned into new products, reducing the need to obtain natural resources such as water, wood and oil, which are in short supply.
Recycling reduces landfill - Recycling reduces the amount of rubbish being sent to landfills, which pollute soil and water, and uses valuable space.
Recycling saves money – The Government has set targets for how many tonnes of waste Councils are allowed to send to landfill sites, therefore, the more we recycle, the less chance the Council will exceed these targets and have to pay a fine.
Jobs – The recycling business is one of the fastest growing industries in this country. With more recycling being collected from peoples' homes; more people are being employed to collect, sort and process the items for recycling. Recycling businesses also employ people to turn the recyclables into new products.