Reclaimed bottle bottles, plastic bottles, glass bottles and stainless steel containers can be recycled, even if they are not environmentally friendly.
Reclaimed water bottles, metal cans and glass bottles can be reused.
But the Australian Institute of Marine Science said that if they were not recycled, they could lead to an increase in carbon dioxide emissions.
“There are a number of issues that have to be taken into account when you’re considering how to recycle,” said Associate Professor Brian J. Koeppe.
“It’s not just about the material you’re using, but also how you recycle the material.”
The AIMS has released a report called Reclaimed Beverages: Recycling and Reuse.
The report says that while recycled plastic bottles can lead to lower emissions, they can also increase landfill and waste disposal costs.
“The best way to recycle your reusable bottles is to recycle them into a recycler’s supply chain, rather than putting them in landfill,” Associate Professor Koepp said.
“When you reuse these, they don’t have to go to landfill.
So the cost of the material that goes into that recycler supply chain is also reduced.”
Professor Koeppo said that reusable bottles also contained less than 10 per cent of the plastic that was in regular cans.
“You’re actually getting about half of the weight of the bottle in the bottle,” he said.
But recycling your plastic bottle can also help save you money.
“If you recycle your plastic bottles in the recycling system, they’re usually recycled at a lower cost than what the landfill is going to be going to do,” Associate Associate Professor Joeppe said.
The AIS also recommends that you recycle as much plastic as possible, and to reuse your bottles as often as possible.
“Recycling plastic bottles is more environmentally friendly than throwing them away, and you don’t need to dispose of them like other plastic items,” Associate Prof Koeppa said.