Reducing Carbon Emissions with Recycling

In 2018, there is a lot of talk about renewable energy, global warming and carbon emissions. It can get a bit confusing. If you have been exposed to this, one thing you will always hear is that to help the environment; we should all recycle more.


Recyclable materials include glass bottles, aluminium cans, and cardboard. There are many others, but there is ample research and study that back up just how beneficial this recycling is to the environment. The following three materials found in abundance in your home, can all be recycled at Thorntons Recycling depot with significant environmental benefits.



For cans (and the majority of recyclable materials), the production of the new item takes significantly more energy than reconstitution from recycled material. For example, to produce one aluminium can from scratch will use the same amount of energy that would be used to produce 20 cans from recycled materials. When it comes to power consumption, the amount of energy that is saved from recycling a single aluminium could run a TV for up to three hours.


As the recycling of cans increases in Australia, we will be able to preserve more steel for other necessary production purposes. The approximate 17.5 million cans that are recycled per week save enough steel to build around 900 cars! So from the preservation of energy, carbon emissions drop across all steel manufacturing.



The recycling of cardboard is very similar. As well as a production process that uses significantly less energy, the world’s precious fossil fuels are preserved due to a shorted manufacturing process. The pulping process used to make new cardboard and recycled cardboard creates significant pollution. However, the recycling process creates 50% less than pulping with new materials.


The disposal also contributes to the occupation of landfill sites. Landfill space is running out, and to clear as much space possible; councils are having to burn large amounts of materials, creating emissions that are harmful to the environment. For every one tonne of cardboard we recycle, nine cubic yards of landfill space is preserved.



Some of you may know that glass is formed by firing raw materials such as sand at extremely high heats. The recycling of glass bottles cuts the energy in half, as the refiring glass doesn’t take as long as the raw materials. For every 1000 tonnes of glass that gets recycled, there are 314 tonnes of Co2 emissions that no don’t get released into the atmosphere. If you don’t think your bottles will make a difference, the evidence shows that recycling just one bottle can preserve enough power a TV for an hour and a half.


Now you know how the recycling of each material reduces carbon emissions. This is all the more reason to visit Thorntons Recycling Adelaide depot to get your recycling journey underway. Drop by the convenient location today to take a step toward the preservation of our atmosphere!