Interesting Facts about Recycling

May 10, 2012 | Environment, Interesting Facts

Recycled Plastic Bridge - Scotland

Some people have actually come up with great ideas on how to make something out of their daily trash.

The plastic junks in every home in Peeblesshire, Scotland made the World’s Longest Bridge out of recycled plastic. Thanks to a British Company, “Vertech Composites,” who made such a stunningly remarkable achievement.

The bridge at 90 feet long can hold up to 44 tons of pedestrians, cars and vehicles carrying heavy loads. Stretching across the calm and blue waters of the River Tweed in Scotland, the Dawyck Estate river crossing became a record breaker.

In fact, Verech’s well designed and unique infrastructure project is now known as the Europe’s First Thermoplastic Bridge and the World’s longest recycled bridge – ever.

Other thermoplastic or recycled bridges in the world include:

  • Vehicular bridge in the Fort Leonard Wood in Missouri
  • Vehicular bridge in Wharton State Forest, New Jersey
  • Recycled bridge in Fort Bragg North California, built to withstand a 71-ton M-1 Abrams tank
  • Railroad bridges found in Fort Eustis, Virginia

The advent of new technology enables us do just about anything.  However some of its by products such as papers,  tins, plastics, foils, oil, aluminum and wood end up into waste.

What is recycling?

Did you know that 60% of the rubbish thrown in our rubbish bins could be recycled?

Recycling helps in conservation and reclaiming waste products into new and useful materials. It is an environment friendly process that includes the transformation of collected waste materials, segregating them according to their physical characteristics like plastic, tin, and aluminum.

What are the benefits of recycling?

  • 70% of the energy is saved in recycling papers compared to making papers from raw materials.
  • Recycling 1 plastic bottle can save energy that can power a 60-wattage light bulb for 3 hours.
  • We are using more than 80 billion aluminum pop cans each year;  350, 000 aluminum cans are produced per minute and recycling one aluminum can is enough to power a television for 3 hours.
  • Motor oils can be refined, recycled and can be used again, so it decreases the reliance of importing oils from other countries and at the same time, save the environment. Improper disposal of a single quart of motor oil can highly contaminate 2, 000, 000 gallons of fresh water.

How to recycle waste materials?

  • Organic waste from every home can be composted and turn into organic fertilizers for plants.
  • Aluminum cans can be recycled and made into new cans; aside from a perfect energy saving ideas, there is no longer a need to mine for aluminum again.
  • Plastic bottles and other plastic waste materials can be recycled into new and finest car seats and other car accessories.

The goal of recycling is to lessen the impact of damages that are likely to inflict our environment. Therefore, we have to be aware of what is happening in our environment especially when it concerns our health and safety.

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