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Top 5 Recycling Myths Most People in Sydney Believe to be True

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Recycling is a practice that has been taking place for some time now. It came about as a means to combat the increasing rates of pollution, and it works till today. Furthermore, the speed at which it spreads across the globe is impressive. Even with that being said, a lot still needs to be done.

One of these things that can make this a reality is educating people.  This will help in doing away with myths, especially in Sydney. That is why we will highlight these myths and tell the truth.

1. “Recycling Uses More Energy than Manufacturing Something New”

This is one of the most common myths that has been circulating in Sydney for decades now. The most frightening part is that many people in Sydney actually believe it. The truth is that recycling does not use more energy than manufacturing new items. One of the most effective ways of proving this by looking at the facts.

Recycling aluminum cans saves about 95%t of energy. When you recycle cans made of tin and steel, the story is the same. You save about 69% of your energy.

Let us not also forget items plastic and paper. Recycling them saves about 1/3 of the energy that would have been used to make new ones.

2. “Products Made After Recycling are of Poor Quality”

Many people think that things made through recycling are subpar. A good example is paper. Many people think that recycled paper is grey and rough. Others think that plastic made from recycling is weak. This is a lie.

Here is why.

Over the past few years, the demand for recycled products has continued to rise. This has made recyclers to make huge strides in terms of quality. Nowadays, items like paper made through recycling are of very high quality.

3. “If something Has the Recycling Arrows it is Recyclable”

Although this statement has some truth in it, it is not always the case. Basically, not all items with the “recycling arrows” are recyclable. This is because the “recycling arrows” may refer to something different.

In plastics, for instance, it refers to the type of plastic material it has been made from. It does not address how recyclable an item is. All said and done, all you have to do is talk to your local recycling facility.

The officials will confirm if they accept the type of junk you want to be recycled. It is from there that you can get the help you need.

4. “Recyclables Just End up in Trash”

Contrary to popular opinion, recyclables do end up in the trash. Now let us look at the facts so that we can clear this up once and for all.

In Australia, between 2017 and 2018, the amount of plastic that was consumed was 3.2 million times. Out of this, about 320,000 tonnes were recycled. This is, in fact, an increase of 10% from the previous year.

In fact, Sydney played an active role in recycling these plastics. So when someone says recyclables end up in the trash, it is very surprising. This is because it is a complete lie.

5. “Sydney Has a Lot of Space to Bury waste, meaning one does not have to Recycle”

Many people living in Sydney think there is plenty of space to bury waste in the dirt. It makes it look like people do not need to recycle when in the real sense, they need to. The truth of the matter is that not all items can decompose. So when people try burying everything, they are just creating more “landfills.”


There are a lot of things we need to do as human beings to save ourselves from pollution. Recycling is one of these things since it plays a vital role in the fight against pollution. That is why we need to embrace it with all arms. This can, however, be difficult if we have myths circulating around.

Myths not only slow the progress of recycling but could potentially stop it. That is why we need to educate ourselves and recycle more every single day.

A good way of embracing recycling is by hiring Paul’s Rubbish Removal. Here we will take care of any of your recycling needs. Call us on 0407 125 125.

Sarah Ann

Sarah Ann

Sarah Ann is a Digital Content Writer for Paul's Rubbish Removal. Sarah is a huge advocate for recycling, environmental sustainability, health and well-being and has a genuine love for all sea animals. Keep up with Sarah by following Paul's Rubbish Removal blog!

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