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Using leftovers for a sandwich? That's recycling!

By kpeters 10 Oct 2014

The Fact File: 20 things you didn't know about Recycling.......

  1. The UK produces the weight of 100 million small cars in waste every year.
  2. On average, each person in the UK throws away their own body weight in rubbish every seven weeks.
  3. The average household in the UK produces more than a tonne of waste every year. Put together, this comes to a total of 31 million tonnes per year.
  4. Every year we produce about 3% more waste than the year before. 
  5. The average UK family throws away 6 trees worth of paper in their household bin a year.
  6. Paper and card make up about a fifth of the typical household dustbin. About half of this consists of newspapers and magazines.
  7. Two-thirds of paper is recycled, making it one of the main materials recycled in the UK.
  8. Each Christmas as much as 83 square kilometers of wrapping paper ends up in UK rubbish bins. 
  9. It is not known how long glass takes to break down, but it is so long that glass made in the Middle East over 3,000 years ago can still be found today.
  10. Glass milk bottles are used an average of 13 times before recycling.
  11. In 2003, the recycling of glass saved enough energy to launch ten space shuttle missions!
  12. We produce and use twenty times more plastic today than we did 50 years ago.
  13. Most plastic shopping bags are used only once and a plastic bag can take more than 100 years to decompose!
  14. 25 two liter pop bottles can be recycled into an adult-size fleece jacket.
  15. We get through 5 billion drinks cans every year. Each one could be recycled back into a new can, saving large amounts of energy, raw materials and waste.
  16. Weight for weight, empty aluminium cans are worth 6 to 20 times more than any other used packaging material. There are more than 30 million pounds worth of empty aluminium drinks cans in the UK just waiting to be collected, cashed in and recycled.
  17. UK households throw away between £250 and £400 of potentially edible food every year.
  18. It has been calculated that, before they are toilet trained, the average child goes through 3,796 nappies, most of which end up buried in landfill sites.
  19. It has been estimated that up to 80% of the contents of our dustbins could be easily recycled or composted.
  20. Other countries recycle a lot more than we do in the UK. For example, Switzerland, the Netherlands and Germany recycle around 60% of their waste.

Topics

#UWE, #recycle, #green

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