At ntrs, we want to share our knowledge with businesses, schools and the community to promote awareness of the value and importance of recycling.
We not only provide recycling services to schools, but we also provide education programs to help teachers and students understand how each product is recycled – so that everyone can learn to recycle as much as possible.
Gray Public School
In their own words, Gray Public School has started a “recycle revolution”. Their commitment to both recycling and educating their students on the benefits has resulted in them recycling over 1417 kg of waste.
Why not speak to us about how you can create your own “recycle revolution” at your business or school.
The Great Pacific Garbage Patch
Each year, 10% of the 200 billion pounds of plastic produced globally ends up in our oceans and now, roughly 46,000 pieces of plastic litter are floating on every square mile of the ocean.
A 1,700 mile mass of plastic garbage sits in the middle of the North Pacific Subtropical Gyre, a slowly moving, clockwise spiral of ocean currents
Approximately 3.5 million tons of plastic waste can be found in this water-bound waste zone.
Ninety percent of all trash floating in the world’s oceans is plastic-based and some of the most common items found in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch include plastic bottles, toothbrushes, wrappers, bottle caps, plastic shopping bags, pacifiers, old toys, fishing floats, Styrofoam chunks, tangled nets and even patio chairs.
Over 100,000 marine animals each year such as sea turtles, seals and birds are the victims of plastic trash-related deaths because they consume or become entangled in the waste.
Join the recycle revolution
An average of 165,000 tons of domestic waste per annum goes into landfill in the Shoal Bay Waste Management Facility.
Australians are among the highest producers of waste, per person, in the world.
Recyclable material makes up almost 80% of total household waste in Australia. So what can you do to play your part and join the revolution!
Paper recycling – fast facts
- Paper makes up 33% of the waste stream
- One ton of recycled paper will save 13 trees
- One tree makes approx 3077 pieces of A4 paper
- One piece of paper can be recycled 8 times before any new raw material has to be added
- A car can travel 1790 km with the fuel saved from one ton of cardboard. This is equivalent to the distance from Alice Springs to Adelaide
- One ton of recycled paper saves enough electricity to run an average home for 90 days
- One ton of recycled paper saves 31780 litres of water approx enough to fill 1.5 back yard pools
*all calculations are based on averages and estimations
What can we do?
- Use both sides of the paper to reuse for letters, notes, phone messages, photocopying and faxing.
- Only print things that are necessary
- Reuse paper several times; gift wrapping paper, files, posters, brochures, envelopes & boxes
- Newspaper can be used for cleaning windows, packaging, cleaning up spills, lining animal cages
- Re-sell, swap or giveaway old books and magazines at the office
- Organise a recycle box at work, school or home next to printers, photocopiers and fax machine
- Buy and use recycled paper products