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Benefits of recycling

Waste that is not separated for recycling is incinerated at the Energy from Waste Plant at La Collette. Although we generate local electricity from burning rubbish, incineration creates ash and requires a gas cleaning process to ensure the facility continues to comply with its' Waste Management Licence and EU air quality standards.

By reducing your waste and recycling as much as possible, you will be helping to reduce the production of ash and saving the world’s precious resources.

Recycling information sheet

Recycling saves resources

When we recycle, used materials are converted into new products, reducing the need to consume natural resources.

If used materials are not recycled, new products are made by extracting fresh, raw materials from the earth, through mining and forestry.  Recycling helps conserve important raw materials and protects natural habitats for the future.

Recycling saves energy

Using recycled materials in the manufacturing process uses considerably less energy than that required for producing new products from raw materials – even when comparing all associated costs including transport etc. 

There are also extra energy savings because more energy is required to extract, refine, transport and process raw materials ready for industry, compared with providing industry-ready materials.

Recycling helps protect the environment

Recycling reduces the need for extracting (mining, quarrying and logging), refining and processing raw materials. All of these create substantial air and water pollution.

As recycling saves energy it also reduces greenhouse gas emissions, which helps to tackle climate change.

Recycling reduces incineration

When we recycle, recyclable materials are reprocessed into new products, and as a result the amount of rubbish sent for incineration reduces. 

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