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Recycling is the best way to preserve the Scottish environment, and these are the facts behind this idea:

Recycling reduces greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to global climate change. A national recycling rate of 30% reduces greenhouse gas emissions as much as removing nearly 25 million cars from the road for one year.
  • Did you know that recycling metals save energy and natural resources?
Recycling scrap metal reduces greenhouse gas emissions and uses less energy than making metal from virgin ore. The amount of energy saved using various recycled metals compared to virgin ore is up to 92% for aluminium, 90% for copper, 56% for steel.

Metal recycling also conserves natural resources. Recycling one tonne of steel conserves 2,500 pounds of iron ore, 1,400 pounds of coal and 120 pounds of limestone. Recycling a tonne of aluminium conserves up to 8 tonnes of bauxite ore and 14 megawatt hours of electricity.
  • Did you know that recycling wood fights climate change?
Recycling one tonne of wood saves 18,000,000 BTUs of heat energy. Osborne Recycling collects wood waste, making possible timber recycling, which turns waste wood into usable products and reduces problems such as deforestation and climate change, prompting both timber suppliers and customers to turn a more sustainable timber source.
  • Did you know that concrete is 100% recyclable?
Provided it is not contaminated, concrete is 100% recyclable. Depending on the quality of concrete, it can be used for different purposes, for example, as an aggregate for another concrete.
  • Did you know that recycling helps to reduce pollution?
The manufacturing process (including the extraction of virgin materials from the earth) for many products releases waste that pollutes the environment. For example, chemicals used in the manufacturing process contribute to water pollution, especially if the contaminated water is not properly treated before its release to the environment. The power plants that provide the energy needed in the manufacturing process produce gases that pollute the air.
  • Did you know that the UK recycled in 2011 60% of all the wood wastes?
The UK generates an estimated 4.5 million tonnes of waste wood a year. In 1996 less than four percent of that was recycled. By 2011 that figure had risen to over 60 percent, or around 2.8 million tonnes.
  • Did you know that certified wood helps to protect forests and our climate?
Although wood is a renewable resource with a smaller carbon footprint than steel or plastic (whose manufacture requires fossil fuels), certain logging practices drive deforestation and forest degradation, which account for about 15% of global warming pollution worldwide. Buying lumber and products made from the certified wood, therefore, can help protect forests and our climate. (Wood Recyclers Association)
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