How Much Energy is Saved by Recycling?

How Much Energy is Saved by Recycling?

Recycling metal cans, glass, paper and plastics is not only reducing landfill litter and pollution, but it also helps to conserve a vast amount of energy otherwise wasted. Here is how recycling can save and redirect significant energy usage.

Recycle Paper

According to the Paper Recycling Association of SA, every metric ton of paper recycled saves 17 trees and uses 40 per cent less energy and 50 per cent less water.  The energy saved from paper recycling in a year is sufficient to provide electricity to 512 homes for an entire year!

Recycle Glass

Every ton of glass recycled saves 1,2 tons of raw materials – since glass uses raw materials – sand, soda and lime – melted together at very high temperatures. This process requires energy, and recycling helps to save that. The energy saved from recycling one glass bottle will power a 100-watt light bulb for almost an hour, found The Glass Recycling Company.

Since 1960, Hebcooler has grown from humble roots to a household brand with a national footprint. Hebcooler has steadily built up a reputation as the market leader in the manufacturing and distribution of EPS cup and tub related products. This reputation has been specifically built upon three major factors, namely; high quality and reliability of product, price competitiveness, and extensive national reach through its network of distributors throughout South Africa.

Recycle Metal Cans

Recycling metal cans saves the energy required for mining the ore and processing the metals used to make them. According to Collect-a-can, more than 36 000 tons of high-grade steel is recovered for re-smelting every year.

Recycle Plastics

Research by Petco indicates that recycling a ton of PET containers saves 7,4 cubic metres of landfill space, which decreases associated landfill costs and energy.

Millions of PET bottles are recovered through recycling every year, and converted into many products and industrial applications, from building insulation to fibre filling. For example, 19 500ml PET bottles can be recycled into enough fibre filling for a standard pillow, says Petco.

Recycling other types of plastics – HDPE, LDPE, polypropylene and polystyrene – into new packaging, products and industrial applications helps conserve and redirect energy wherever possible.

Isowall recycles responsibly. Hebcooler – a range of EPS Cups and tubs under the Isolite brand – is 100% recyclable. The scrap from the manufacturing of Hebcooler EPS Cups and Tubs and any returned polystyrene are used to make Isowood dado rails and skirting boards.


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