Australians have become used to recycling, with most now regularly recycling newspapers, bottles, cans and cardboard packaging. But not everyone realises that most things are able to be recycled. Some rather bizarre items are being recycled, for example dentures and chewing gum! A not for profit organisation in Japan found a great way to fundraise by reclaiming metals like gold and silver from discarded dentures. The proceeds are donated to Unicef. An airport in England collects used chewing gum, sending it off for recycling into tyres, toys and other products. Kartaway are dedicated to diverting waste from landfill, recycling most of the waste they receive. Their public Recycling Depots in Melbourne and Adelaide will receive and recycle the following waste:
- green waste
- electronic waste
Some amazing examples of re-using materials can be found in some of the houses people have built around the world from recycled materials. A retired upholsterer, John Milkovisch, built a house entirely from beer cans in the U.S. and Édouard T. Arsenault built a house out of 25,000 recycled bottles in Canada.
Some more conservative structures have been built recently in the Netherlands and Utah, USA entirely from recycled materials. Two Architects from the Netherlands set about building their home from materials discovered in the area, they found recycled steel from an old textile mill which they used for the framework and some old cable reels provided the wood to complete the façade. In Utah a surprisingly modern and gorgeous home has been constructed from two disused silos.
To recycle your items look no further than Kartaway, call 1300 362 362 to order a skip or bin or visit their Recycling Depots.
Australians now see recycling as a way of life, committing to high levels of recycling. It is even more motivating when people understand how much energy is saved through their recycling efforts and the actual impacts upon the environment. Using recycled plastic to produce plastic products saves approximately 88% of energy compared to producing plastic from the raw materials of oil and gas. And what do they produce?
- garden edging
- sign posts
- compost bins
- speed humps
- plant pots
- picnic tables and park benches
- carpet fibre clothing
- automotive parts
- paint brushes
- plastic bottles
Using recycled glass to make more glass products saves 30% of energy. 1 tonne of recycled glass saves 1.1 tonnes of the raw materials sand, limestone and soda ash. Glass is 100% recyclable and can be recycled over and over again indefinitely, even millions of times. Refillable glass bottles are great savers of energy, using 19,000 BTUs of energy, compared to 38,000 BTUs for throwaway bottles. I recycled glass bottle saves enough energy to power four hours of an 100 watt electric light. Making aluminium cans from recycled aluminium saves a massive 95% of energy. One recycled aluminium can saves enough energy to power a TV for three hours or light a 100 watt bulb for 3.5 hours. As well as cans, aluminium is also recycled into aeroplanes and cars. Recycling steel makes some significant environmental savings, such as 74% savings in energy, 86% reduction in air pollution, 90% savings in virgin materials, 40% reduction in water use, 76% reduction in water pollution and 97% reduction in mining wastes. And what are steel cans and steel scrap made into?
- structural steel
- bolts and nuts
- coat hangers
- steel cans
Kartaway support these recycling efforts and run two public Recycling Depots in Australia, one in Melbourne and one in Adelaide.
When it comes to cleaning out your home for a spring clean, after renovations or a garden clean up you want an easy, quick option. No waiting around for the skip to be delivered or picked up, no hanging about on telephones waiting for your call to be answered and no mucking around with councils. The same goes for building sites, you need an even quicker response and when time means money you need a waste management company that looks after your needs, has the right size skip or bin, delivers it promptly and picks up on time.
Kartaway is all for their customers – with prompt response to both phone and online orders, a full range of bins and skips for all purposes, and fast delivery and pick up.
With skips in a variety of sizes from 2.0 metres to 31 metres, you can order the skip that suits your needs. If you need bins with doors they are available in Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane, Sunshine Coast and Canberra. Melbourne has a range from 6.0 metres to 31 metres whilst Adelaide and Brisbane have 12m, 15m and 31m and Sunshine Coast and Canberra have 12m and 15m. Kartaway’s skips and bins are suitable for most building sites and they are able to access fenced or elevated sites. Craneable bins are also available.
Kartaway have friendly call centres based at their premises, so you can call and discuss your needs, get advice on the most suitable skip or bin for your job and get the best price, which includes all council charges, or go to their website and fill in the online form, a friendly staff member will call you back with advice on your best options.
With the current focus on environmentally sustainable practices and more environmental regulations coming into play customers appreciate that Kartaway have been leaders in the recycling of waste for many years. They have transfer stations with green star certification set up in each state they operate in which recycle most of the waste received. Public waste recycling depots are operated by Kartaway at East Brunswick in Melbourne and Campbelltown in Adelaide.
To find out more about services offered and to order a bin or skip go to kartaway.com.au or call 1300 362 362.