Fact:

By recycling one aluminium can, you can save enough energy to run a TV set for three hours!

View all facts

Recycle Tips

Why Should I Recycle?

Recycling has environmental, economic and social advantages:

  • Recycling generates civic pride and environmental awareness.
  • Recycling helps prevent environmental pollution.
  • Recycling saves natural resources.
  • Recycling conserves raw materials used in industry.
  • Making products from recycled ingredients often uses much less energy than producing the same product from raw materials.
  • Recycling reduces the amount of material dumped in landfill sites and helps our waste disposal problems.
  • Goods are used productively and prevented from becoming litter and garbage.
 
Learn more at Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
 
Where Should I Recycle?
Successful recycling programs are those that make it easy for people to recycle, such as programs that provide residents with special containers or bins for sorting their waste and collect the recyclables weekly along with the rest of the rubbish. Ease and convenience are the keys to success.
 
  • Kerbside Collections - In many suburbs, residents leave their recyclables at the kerb or in a recycling bin. Kerbside collection programs boast the highest recycling rates.
  • Drop-Off Centres - In some areas people bring their recyclables to collection centres, saving the community the cost of kerbside collection, but relying on the good will of residents to make the trip.  
  • Pick-Up by Volunteers - This is recycling the old-fashioned way. Community groups, such as church groups collect recyclables to raise money for their clubs.

Learn more at Recycling Near You
What Can I Recycle?
The following items are recyclable:
  • Plastics
  • Aluminium and steel
  • Paper and cardboard
  • Glass
  • Cartons

What you can recycle usually depends on where you live and the services offered in your area.
 
Learn more on Recycling or check Recycling Near You
Recycling Mobile Phones
Here in Australia, over 18 million of us use mobile phones. The lure of fashionable phones with sophisticated features have consumers demanding better, efficient phones and manufacturers are introducing new models at a staggering rate.

With such extensive mobile use, it's no wonder that between 20 and 50 million tonnes of electrical waste are produced each year - enough to load a train that would stretch around the world. Imagine the damage that electrical waste is causing to the natural environment.
 
Learn more at Clean Up
Aluminium is endlessly recyclable
Choose aluminium! Aluminium is endlessly recyclable and around two thirds of the aluminium made since 1886 is still in use today!
 
How aluminium is recycled:
  • If the aluminium to be recycled is "clean" (i.e. there is no paint or lacquer on the metal) it is loaded directly into a "melter" to form a new aluminium metal stream.
  • If the aluminium to be recycled is "coated", it is processed through a gas fired rotary furnace and sent to the "melter" where it is mixed with the "clean" metal stream or new metal from a smelter.
  • Once the aluminium metal is molten, it is transferred into a holding furnace, before being casst into an ingot.
 
The process of recycling aluminium consumes only 5% of the energy neded to mine, refine and smelt primary aluminium.
 
Find out more at Recycling at Alcoa
Measure Carbon Footprint - Calculate Potential Savings - Start Here!
Camera icon

In 3 Words

Share your story.



View Profiles Here
Globe Icon

Become a Make an Impact Hero

Tell us about the changes around your home

Click here