Recycling facts and figures
UK households produced 30.5 million tonnes of waste in 2003/04, of which 17% was collected for recycling (source: defra.gov.uk). This figure is still quite low compared to some of our neighbouring EU countries, some recycling over 50% of their waste. There is still a great deal of waste which could be recycled thatends up in landfill sites which is harmful to the environment.
Recycling is an excellent way of saving energy and conserving the environment. Did you know that:
* 1 recycled tin can would save enough energy to power a television for 3 hours.
* 1 recycled glass bottle would save enough energy to power a computer for 25 minutes.
* 1 recycled plastic bottle would save enough energy topower a 60-watt light bulb for 3 hours.
* 70% less energy is required to recycle paper compared with making it from raw materials.
Some Interesting Facts
* Up to 60% of the rubbish that ends up in the dustbin could be recycled.
* The unreleased energy contained in the average dustbin each year could power a television for 5,000 hours.
* The largest lake in the Britain could be filledwith rubbish from the UK in 8 months.
* On average, 16% of the money you spend on a product pays for the packaging, which ultimately ends up as rubbish.
* As much as 50% of waste in the average dustbin could be composted.
* Up to 80% of a vehicle can be recycled.
* 9 out of 10 people would recycle more if it were made easier.
* 24 million tonnes of aluminium isproduced annually, 51,000 tonnes of which ends up as packaging in the UK.
* If all cans in the UK were recycled, we would need 14 million fewer dustbins.
* £36,000,000 worth of aluminium is thrown away each year.
* Aluminium cans can be recycled and ready to use in just 6 weeks.
* Each UK family uses an average of 500 glass bottles and jars annually.
* The largest glassfurnace produces over 1 million glass bottles and jars per day.
* Glass is 100% recyclable and can be used again and again.
* Glass that is thrown away and ends up in landfills will never decompose.
* Recycled paper produces 73% less air pollution than if it was made from raw materials.
* 12.5 million tonnes of paper and cardboard are used annually in the UK.
* Theaverage person in the UK gets through 38kg of newspapers per year.
* It takes 24 trees to make 1 ton of newspaper.
* 275,000 tonnes of plastic are used each year in the UK, that’s about 15 million bottles per day.
* Most families throw away about 40kg of plastic per year, which could otherwise be recycled.
* The use of plastic in Western Europe is growing about 4% each year.* Plastic can take up to 500 years to decompose.
Recycling is Important
Recycling is one of the best ways for you to have a positive impact on the world in which we live. Recycling is important to both the natural environment and us. We must act fast as the amount of waste we create is increasing all the time.
The amount of rubbish wecreate is constantly increasing because:
* Increasing wealth means that people are buying more products and ultimately creating more waste.
* Increasing population means that there are more people on the planet to create waste.
* New packaging and technological products are being developed, much of these products contain materials that are not biodegradable.
* New lifestyle changes,such as eating fast food, means that we create additional waste that isn’t biodegradable.
Recycling is very important as waste has a huge negative impact on the natural environment.
* Harmful chemicals and greenhouse gasses are released from rubbish in landfill sites. Recycling helps to reduce the pollution caused by waste.
* Habitat destruction and global...