Why recycle cardboard and newspaper?
There is a limit to the amount of times paper and cardboard can be recycled into new paper and cardboard. As the fibres from the paper break down they become useless for paper and are then made into cardboard. As the fibres from this break down they become useless for cardboard and are turned into egg boxes…which can be reused or can go into your home compost mix.
What are we doing on Coll?
It costs the council £122.33 for a bank to come back and forth from Tiree
Predictions based on current levels of recycling indicate the council will spend over £2000 for cardboard alone (just to get it to Tiree).
We are seeking to reduce the amount of cardboard and newspaper being sent off island and find ways that we can use it here.
You can put your newspapers into the general bank at the Middle Pier and at the end of November 2016, Argyll and Bute Council are planning a kerbside collection. Check the council's website for further details.
We shred some of the cardboard that is collected at the middle pier. These are some of the ways that shredded cardboard is being used on island:
- as a fire starter
- in your compost
- as animal bedding
- as cat litter
- as packaging for presentation boxes
- to make cardboard briquettes
We are selling shredded cardboard from the Old Hall.
- You can either come and shred your own cardboard and put in a donation for use of the macine and electricity
- You can buy bags ready made!
- 5kg for £5
- 2.5kg for £3
- sample bags for free