Recycling for Reuse Month – start with old metal

Reusing for Change

Recycling in Ireland has become increasingly important in both homes and organisations. It helps to address aims such as waste cost reduction, waste management, better use of limited resources, and leads to a reduction the amount of waste going to landfill and incineration.

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Mountains of Metal

The five R’s of recycling (Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Repurpose, Recycle) can be very helpful in reducing usage and waste of items including paper, plastics, glass, cardboard and metals in there many shapes and forms.

We believe people sometimes forget to recycle metal for reuse!  Recycling old bikes, lockers, shelves, pots and pans all made from metal helps reduce pollution, saves resources, reduces waste going for landfill or incineration and prevents the destruction of natural habitats lost through mining new ore.

Recycle IT view our recycling facility as a metal mine in Dublin city, rich with resources that can be reused to preserve the environment, at a fraction of the cost of mining and refining metals sourced directly from the earth.

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Reuse Month Starts Oct 1 2018 (no need to wait!)

Old or scrap metal is not waste or rubbish, it is a continuous and reusable resource found all around us and takes the form of heaters, metal tables, chairs, shelves, BBQs and much more. Scrap metal is one of our most precious resources. Why? Because it can be melted to form new products repeatedly. Metal is a resource that never stops giving back so why not bring all your old metal items both large and small free to Recycle IT.

Environmental Benefits

Metal recycling conserves natural resources by reducing greenhouse gas emissions and using less energy than produced when mining. The production of new metal releases a far greater amount of greenhouse gas emissions compared with making products from recycled metal. These emissions may influence climate, the natural environment, levels of air pollution and general health and wellbeing. The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) reports that recycling metal may cut greenhouse gas emissions by 300 million to 500 million tons. By reusing scrap metal instead of virgin ore, related mining waste and water related to processing is greatly reduced.

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Old Scrap Metal

Energy Benefits

Generally the amount of energy saved depends on the material being recycled, almost all recycling operations result in energy savings. The American Geosciences Institute reported that over 89 million tons of municipal solid waste (food, plants, glass, boxes, cans, batteries, electronics, plastics, etc.) were recycled or composed in the USA saving over 322,000 GWh of energy11 – enough to provide electricity to 30 million homes.

The amount of energy saved using various recycled metals compared to virgin ore can be 92 % for aluminium, 90 % for copper and 56 % for steel According to the U.S. EPA, if you recycle one average size drink can, you can save enough energy to power a 60-watt light bulb for approx. four hours.

Economic Benefits

Recycling metal with Recycle IT helps maintain jobs and can create new training and employment opportunities as we recycle more. If you have old metal at home or in the office drop it off for free to our social enterprise. You won’t get paid a premium, but you will be supporting us manage training and employment opportunities in South Dublin.

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Stainless Steel from Homes

Reuse Month 2018

Recycle IT as a member  Community Reuse Network works to promote National Reuse Month as a yearly waste prevention initiative to raise awareness about the economic and environmental benefits of reusing everyday items and materials that would otherwise go to waste. Throughout October 2018, there will be events to promote ways for families, businesses and communities to reuse. For more information on Reuse Month contact the Community Reuse Network Ireland by clicking here

Learning will include, how we can foster products repairability and recyclability at design stage. Register here for the October 2nd webinar “Designed to last?”

Arrange to Recycle 

Prior and during to Reuse Month 2018 you can arrange a free drop off or cost-effective  collection of old  pure metal, electrical and electronic items by calling our team on 01 4578321 or email info@recycleit.ie – collection are free to schools, colleges, community groups and charities.

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Recycle IT – Repak Award Winner 2017

 

 

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