Wherever the party this summer, score points for the environment
Author: Sara McGregor
Wherever the party this summer, celebrate the environmentally friendly way by recycling all of your aluminium cans.
Australians are good at recycling aluminium cans at home, but Planet Ark and campaign ambassador, eight-time world surfing champion Layne Beachley, want to see more aluminium cans recycled at parks, beaches, workplaces, schools and other public spaces.
Planet Ark’s Head of Campaigns, Brad Gray, says that over the last few years many councils and local authorities have installed public place recycling bins on the streets and in parks. Also, lots of shopping centres and food courts have set up bins. All of this makes recycling aluminium cans easier.
Over this party season, anyone who goes to outdoor events like concerts in the park, music festivals, open-air cinemas and markets are likely to notice a range of different recycling bins.
“It’s great that organisers are embracing public place recycling,” says Gray. “It’s important for everyone to follow the instructions on the bins. The more people that recycle properly the greater the environmental benefits.”
Making an aluminium can from recycled material uses just 5% of the energy needed to make one from virgin material. Aluminium doesn’t degrade during the recycling process so cans are endlessly recyclable - saving precious resources for years to come.
“When you choose drinks in aluminium cans and then recycle them you are reducing your impact on the environment by cutting both carbon emissions and waste,” says Gray.
According to RMIT (Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology) by recycling six aluminium cans you can offset a 25-kilometre train journey, a 17-kilometre bus ride or a ten-kilometre trip in an average size car.
Every year, over $22 million dollars’ worth of aluminium is lost because cans are thrown into landfill, so any chance to reclaim them is important. If your school or work doesn’t already have a system set up, why not make a resolution to organise one in 2012?
Since Australians first started drinking out of aluminium in the 1970s more than 75 billion cans have been recycled. Recycling these cans has not only contributed to environmental savings but also returned over $1.05 billion to the Australian economy.
To show Australians there are recycling bins all over the country, Planet Ark is urging people to take a photo of a recycling bin and send it to us for the chance to win an iPad 2 to the value of $600 and four VIP tickets to the Commonwealth Bank Beachley Classic surfing event.
For more information visit Cans.PlanetArk.org.