Top 11 recycling facts

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Looking for some impressive recycling facts to impress your friends?

Well these facts from the guys  will ensure that you’re always recycling all your rubbish:

1: Recycling Paper Saves Money as well as Trees

When we use recycled paper, we all know that we’re doing our bit for the environment by not cutting down excess trees. What many of us don’t realise though, is that when paper is produced you need around 7,000 gallons of water to make just one tonne of paper. Water which could be better used to help countries where droughts are a serious problem.

2: You Could Power a Light Bulb for 20 Hours for the Same Energy Needed for One Aluminium Tin

For every aluminium can or tin made, it takes the energy required to light a 100-watt bulb for a staggering 20 hours, or it could power your TV for around three hours. So, by recycling your cans of fizzy drinks or tins of beans, you’ll be helping save a lot of energy. So, think twice before sticking your can in the general waste bin!

3: Glass Takes 4000 Years to Decompose

When not recycled, glass will take a staggering 4000 years to break down. However, when recycled, it can be used over and over again – making it far better than a plastic alternative.

4: 80 Billion Aluminium Cans Are Used Annually Across the Globe

Which is A LOT of tins of beans. Thankfully, like glass, aluminium can be recycled indefinitely. In fact, recycling aluminium cans uses 95% less energy than it does to make a new can.

5: Recycling Paper Can Seriously Help the Planet

Indeed, by recycling a tonne of paper, you will be saving a staggering 17 trees. Which is vital for keeping animal’s environments safe, will save 380 gallons of oil and 7000 gallons of water. Worse still, by not recycling a tonne of paper, that paper will take up around 3 cubic yards of space in a landfill.

6: Plastic Bags are Killing Sea Creatures

At least one million animals are killed every year due to plastic bags in the ocean.

7: Landfills Release Toxic Gas into the Atmosphere

We all know that landfills are bad, taking up precious space and causing a stench to their surroundings. However, landfills also release the toxic methane into our atmosphere, which seriously contributes to climate change.

8: Around a Third of Landfill Rubbish is Recyclable Packaging

Increasing landfill sites are really damaging our planet, which makes it even worse that a third of most landfills are made up from packaging that could be recycled. So, before you through away any rubbish, make sure you’ve put everything you can into the recycling bin.

9: The Average Person Generates their Body Weight in Rubbish Every Seven Weeks

Which is a lot of rubbish over your lifetime!

10. Recycling Gives More Jobs to People

Although 10,000 tonnes of waste on a landfill can provide jobs for six people, if you recycled the same amount of waste, it would create 36 jobs at a recycling plant. So, you help save the planet and provide more jobs for people.

11: Around 15 Million Plastic Bottles are Used Daily in the UK

Which is a very scary number – especially when you consider that it equates to approximately 275,000 tonnes of plastic waste a year.