Top 5 Recycling Myths Busted!

We have already dispelled some rumours about recycling... Recycling Myths and Tips

But here are our Top 5 Myths Busted

There are growing calls to make workplaces in the UK as environmentally friendly as possible.

As a company, not only does Wray Bros provide less environmentally impactful cleaning products compared to others in the same market, but we also try to do our bit by recycling our packaging and informing our customers on ways they can also improve their recycling habits too.

However, like many social debates there is a lot of information to take on board, and as ever, a lot of misinformation too. So to offer some clarity on the situation we've compiled a list of the Top 5 Recycling Myths and we've debunked them for you!

1. All of your recycling is recycled


In a perfect world everything we recycle would be 100% recycled into new products. Unfortunately, at each stage of the recycling process there is a drop off.

Much of the packaging we place in recycling ends up in countries such as Malaysia or Indonesia and it is not guaranteed that it will be used to produce new materials.

All Recycling is Recycled

2. Receipts are recyclable


Whilst many consumers are moving towards refusing to take receipts when they purchase products, the UK still hands out 11 billion receipts per year and around half of those are printed on non-recyclable paper.

Fortunately, many companies are moving towards email receipts and Wray Bros, for example, sends electronic versions of safety data sheets to customers upon purchase of cleaning chemicals.

Reciepts are Recyclable

3. The "Green Dot" means that something is recyclable


One of the biggest myths in the recycling industry is the "green dot", comprising of two green interlocking arrows, however, this is only an indication that the production company in question has financially contributed towards the recovery and recycling of packaging in Europe.

The Green dot does not mean recyclable

4. Recycled Materials Are Used To Create The Same Products


Though glass, metal and paper can, in theory, be recycled an unlimited amount of times, the "cycle" of recycling cannot go on forever.

Plastic can only be recycled once or twice as it degrades in quality so is often mixed with virgin plastic and used for other products including polyester for clothing.

Reusing plastics is a very good approach to recycling, for instance, using our Enviro Refill Bottles.

The Green dot does not mean recyclable

5. You Have To Clean Empty Bottles And Jars

FALSE... well, half false.

This depends on the recycling facility, whilst some wash the waste before sending it on, others will process it straight away. If it is absolutely clean, it can in theory be processed again and achieve the closed loop recycling.

Just to be on the safe side it is worth washing products thoroughly.

Clean your recyclables to help aid the recycling process

So there you have it! Hopefully, this article will help you make a more informed decision about your recycling practices.

Do you want to make your workplace more environmentally friendly?

Get in touch with Wray Bros and see how we can help:

Contact Mark Woodworth today!