All recyclates are collected from our public recycling sites by
the Department of Local Government and the Environment's Waste Operations
Management Unit. Paper, glass and aluminium are taken to three different
companies for recycling as follows:
What is Waste?
we do not want anymore and want to get rid of .
Waste can be:
toys that may or may not be broken, or
tins or bottles or drinks cans, or
over bits of food, or
washing machines or broken televisions, or
bags, or packaging
much waste do we make each year?
house on the Island makes about 1000kg of waste each year [that's about
the weight of a car] and each year
we're making more and more waste!
happens to our waste?
At the moment most of the things we want to get rid of end
up in our wheelie bin or bin bag. From here the things that can
be burned (combustible) are taken to the new Energy from Waste Plant where they are burned at high temperatures.
The heat is used to produce electricity.
Waste that cannot be burned is still sent to the landfill site at
the Point of Ayre where it is tipped and buried.
What could we do with our waste?
are lots of things we could do with the things we want to get rid of, rather than put them in the
them to someone else who may use them
them for something else
them if they are broken
or compost them
Can you think of any examples for these
could recycle more than 55% or over half of all our waste. Recycling means that we use materials
such as aluminium, or wood over and over again, reducing the need to
dig more minerals out of the earth or cut more trees down. Once a bottle or
can or paper is landfilled that resource is lost for ever.
Recycling isn't rocket science... all you have to do is
your cans, glass bottles, jars, paper and magazines etc. out of your waste
bin & take
them to a recycling bin instead. We have 50 places on the Island where you
can recycle glass,
paper and aluminium cans in the recycling bins.
you can recycle all types and colours of
glass bottles and jars in these bins. We recycle about 17 tonnes of glass
a week. All the glass is used on the Island by crushing it to make blocks
for paving paths and driveways.
Aluminium cans collected in the recycling bins are
sent off the Island to Alcan in Warrington to be recycled into more cans. Although
we recycle about 2 tonnes of cans a month,
this is only about 13% of what could be recovered for recycling. Aluminium can be recycled
over and over and over and over again...
sorts of paper can be recycled in the paper bins: newspapers, magazines,
comics, writing paper, A4 paper, junk mail, telephone directories. We collect
about 25 tonnes of paper a week. The paper collected is
sent to the UK to be recycled into more paper!
As well as
paper, cans and glass, we recycle lots of green (garden ) waste, steel,
textiles (clothing), car batteries, waste oil and fridges. We are also planning
to recycle batteries and fluorescent tubes and light bulbs.
more information contact the Waste Minimisation and Recycling Section,
686534/686533 or e-mail email@example.com or Joanne.firstname.lastname@example.org,im or
check out our web site www.gov.im/dlge/waste