Recycling saves landfill space, reduces greenhouse gas emissions, saves energy and saves water. The contents of Council's recycling bins are collected and sent to iQRenew's materials recovery facility for sorting and further processing into new products.
Watch the Planet Ark video below to find out how items are separated and processed for recycling:
Recycling has real benefits – on average, Willoughby residents' recycling annually saves:
- 140 million litres of water - enough to fill 56 Olympic sized swimming pools
- Enough energy to power 655 homes
- 4,264 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions - equivalent to removing 1,024 cars off our roads
- 23,400 cubic metres of landfill
Figures based on Willoughby City Council's annual recycling tonnages using Visy's Environmental Benefits of Recycling Calculator
Unfortunately, not everything can successfully be recycled. The diagram below explains how items are processed so they can be turned into new products, and why some things can’t be recycled.