Facts About Recycling and Waste
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- On average, each person in the UK throws away seven times their body weight in rubbish every year
- We make 20 times more plastic today than we did in the 1950's.
- Recycling just one plastic bottle can save the same amount of energy needed to power a 60watt lightbulb for 6 hours.
- Globally, an estimated one million birds and 100,000 marine mammals and sea turtles die every year from entanglement in, or ingestion, of plastics.
- About 20,000 tonnes of aluminium foil packaging (worth £8 million) is wasted each year. Only 3,000 tonnes is recycled (worth £1.2 million).
- If we produce steel from recycled materials it saves 75% of the energy needed to make steel from original materials.
- Every day 80 million food and drinks cans end up in landfill (being buried). That's one and a half cans per person (source: Waste Watch).
- The UK uses over six billion glass bottles and jars each year. It would take you over three and a half thousand years to sing "Six Billion Green Bottles"! (source: Waste Watch).
- Every year the average British family throws away 6 trees worth of paper (source: Waste Watch).
- A banana skin can take up to two years to decompose if not disposed of properly (source: Eco Schools).
- 900 million items of clothing are sent to landfill each year.