Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

How does recycling work?

Innovations in technology mean that today’s recycling processes are highly sophisticated.

An everyday item that you use and recycle – like a glass jar – can be back on the shelf in a matter of weeks.

Closed loop recycling, where an item is recycled into the same thing again and again – a bottle into a bottle and so on – is the most efficient means of recycling.

How are materials recycled?

Learn more at Recycle for Scotland

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It’s also possible to recycle items into something completely different. For example, recycling plastic bottles could result in a cosy fleece jacket or even home insulation, as you can see in the video below.

Recycling can also turn:

  • Aerosol cans into watches
  • Steel food tins into cars and bridges
  • Old trainers into running tracks
  • Cardboard boxes into stationery
  • Your Yellow Pages into loft insulation
  • Carpet into washing up bowls
  • Juice cartons into plasterboard