Have you ever thought about how much rubbish you throw away and what happens to it? Most rubbish is taken to holes in the ground (landfill) and covered with earth. The landfill sites are running out and the alternative, which is building incineration plants, is unpopular with local residents.
Legislation by the EU in the form of a landfill tax, due to be levied in 2010, is forcing local authorities to act on recycling since they (and that means us) will have to pay up to £200 for every tonne of rubbish buried that exceeds a set maximum limit.
The three Rs are the key points to remember:
- Reduce the amount of waste
- Reuse as much as possible
- Recycle when objects are no longer needed
There is much information available for dealing with paper, glass, drinks cans and plastics, but relatively little on copper and articles which contain copper. It is important that copper/copper alloys are recycled and the following gives an overview of how this can be done.