Aug 27

Interesting Recycling Facts

Global awareness of human’s negative impact on the environment grows year on year. Many individuals, families and businesses are now making a conscious effort to reduce their carbon footprint by embracing sustainability schemes such as recycling. If everyone made the effort to recycle, huge positive environmental changes could be made globally, minimising our damage to the planet.

Below you will find some interesting recycling facts. If you haven’t started recycling your household of business waste, perhaps these facts will make you reconsider it!

It takes 70% less energy to recycle paper than it does to make paper from scratch using raw materials.

You could power a computer for 25 minutes with the energy saved from recycling one glass bottle.

You could light a room with a 60-watt light for 3 hours, using the energy saved from recycling one plastic bottle.

By recycling one tin can, you could power a television for 3 hours.

Around 50% of waste in the average dustbin could have been put in a compost heap instead.

Around 16% of a products cost accounts for the packaging it is bought in. This packaging usually ends up in the dustbin, meaning it is wasted money.

Nine out of Ten people say they would recycle more if the process was made easier for them.

The largest lake in the UK could be filled up with rubbish from Britain in only eight months.

The average dustbin contains the yearly energy potential to power a television set for 5,000 hours.

Nearly 80% of the average car can be reused and recycled.

If all aluminium cans in the UK were recycled, there would be 14 million less dustbins needed.

Nearly 60% of all the rubbish that ends up in household dustbins could have been recycled.

Recycled paper is better for air quality, producing 73% less pollution than paper made from scratch from raw materials.

38KGs worth of newspapers are read a year by the average UK resident.

Aluminium that is thrown away each year is worth £36,000,000.

To make one tonne of paper, it takes on average 24 trees.

As you can see, there is still massive amounts of energy wasted and pollution created due to a lack of people recycling. Although recycling rates are at a record high, there is still a long way to go before we are doing as much as we can to improve the global environment.

Polythene UK specialises in supplying environmentally conscious plastics, reducing the carbon footprint of their clients by reducing the overall yield of their polythene supply. From compostable bags to pallet wrappers, Polythene UK is the British market leader for Polythene supply.

Polythene UK specialises in supplying environmentally conscious plastics, reducing the carbon footprint of their clients by reducing the overall yield of their polythene supply. From compostable bags to pallet wrappers, Polythene UK is the British market leader for Polythene supply.