The Day after New Years usually means one thing: cleaning up the trash after a legendary party. But which waste belongs in which bin? There are so many myths related to recycling, we decided to write an article and clear up the most persistent myths, we could find. We proudly present: our top 4 myths, which are clearly wrong – and, of course, the truth behind them:
Myth #1: Don’t crush the can!
Every year on World Recycling Day, you can read it everywhere: “Don’t crush the can before disposing it”. Usually, municipalities in Europe use multi-stream recycling systems, which are able to sort waste by material – especially beverage or food cans made from metal or aluminium. While all other waste is are extracted by magnets, the aluminium cans are left over. Therefore it doesn’t matter, what shape they’re in. So if you still feel the need to crush your can – go ahead. You want to know more about the recycling of aluminium? Check out this video:
Myth #2: Recyclables need to be washed before disposing.
All recyclables are washed at the waste centre. You only need to rinse them enough so they don’t attract rats or ants. Or to prevent bad smell in your bin – but definitely not for recycling. So don’t waste water! Recyclables only need to be emptied. Rinse quickly only if soiled.
Myth #3: Products made from recycled content are lower quality.
Metals can be recycled over and over again, without any loss in quality. That’s why they can be used in many different ways: on the one hand, they are the perfect material for industrial purposes such as manufacture of airplanes, cars, ships and so on. On the other hand, they can also be used for domestic items, such as cutlery and packaging – therefore it’s essential to maintain the high quality!
Of course processing recycled materials requires energy – so does every manufacturing process, no matter if recyclables are used or not. Actually, making products from recycled materials on average takes 50 percent less energy than products made from raw materials. Aluminium cans in particular are the energy saving champions. Producing aluminium products from recycled aluminium uses 95 percent less energy than making aluminium from fresh materials. Beat that!