Here in South Australia, we know that by taking our empty beer bottles and Coke cans to a recycling depot like Thorntons you can be rewarded for your effort. This is a great way to keep the state clean and minimise the carbon emissions created by the manufacture of new materials. However, you may not realise the positive effects this has on the local wildlife. The following areas all reap the benefits of can recycling in Adelaide.



Some studies suggest that over one million sea-based birds alone die from litter in the oceans. This combines with the other sea mammals who suffer the same consequences. By choosing to recycle these materials, they avoid ending up in the landfill or even as general rubbish around the city. As time goes on this litter can easily find its way into the ocean, where it not only becomes a hazardous trap for the wildlife, but it also begins to decompose. Many of these materials release toxic chemicals when they break down, which can eradicate countless species of animals. Here in Australia, our pride in our beaches and wildlife is all the more reason to recycle our cans and bottles to protect these species.



The manufacture of new materials, particularly paper, involves deforestation on an enormous scale. This deforestation has been the cause of species moving into the endangered category. This is because the habitats of so many birds and mammals are destroyed, giving them less room to breed and feed annually. The recycling of materials such as milk cartons leads to the recreation of paper without this devastating effect on the environment.


Similarly to the ocean, landfill and littering leads hazardous cans and bottles into the environment where it will decompose and physically injure animals. In abundance, this can lead to massive decreases in wildlife populations around the country.



The carbon emissions created from the manufacture of new glass bottles and aluminium cans leads to smog and air pollution. With a significant population of different bird species, Australia has seen some types of birds drop in population due to the harmful emissions. Through recycling, collectively, we can decrease this toxicity and allow more birds to return to the skies without harm.


Natural Resources

The conservation of natural resources that comes with recycling benefits all facets of wildlife in Australia. The preservation of natural resources such as fresh water, oil, and trees can happen from all kinds of recycling materials. So, other than cans and bottles and some milk cartons where you may be reimbursed, there are benefits to recycling all materials such as cardboard, tin and paper both aesthetically and environmentally.


With the overwhelming positives of recycling, you should be thinking about taking your waste materials to a depot today. Visit the team at Thorntons Recycling in Adelaide to do your part to preserve our environment today!