Recycle Week 2017
This week is recycle week. To learn more about how recycling can benefit us and how to contribute to a cleaner environment, we’ve put together some fun facts about recycling:
- It takes 24 trees to make 1 ton of newspaper
Always put paper and cardboard in your green bin to recycle it. This means fewer trees have to be cut down, which means less energy has to be used, which in turn reduces greenhouse gas emissions.
- 75% of plastic waste is sent to landfill – where it takes up to 400 years to break down
- A million sea creatures are killed every year by plastic bags and other plastic rubbish thrown into the sea.
Plastic bottles, including pop, milk and cleaning bottles can all be put in your green bin. When plastic is recycled it can be turned into so many different new things, plastic lumber (used for building), garden furniture, plastic bags and even clothes!
- 1 recycled glass bottle saves enough energy to power a computer for 25 minutes
- Glass that is thrown away and ends up in landfill never decomposes
Melting recycled glass takes a lot less energy than melting raw materials to make new glass, meaning that recycling glass will reduce the amount of energy we use and the amount of greenhouse gas we release. The recycled glass will also never lose its quality or purity, which means it can be recycled again and again.
Where can I recycle glass?
There are lots of local places to recycle glass, search for your nearest one on our website.
Find out more about household waste recycling centres near you, on our website.