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recycling facts

Recycling is the act of processing used materials into new products in order to:

  • prevent waste of potentially useful materials
  • reduce consumption of fresh raw materials
  • reduce energy usage
  • reduce air and water pollution
  • reduce the need for 'conventional' waste disposal
  • and lower greenhouse gas emissions compared to virgin production.

Recycling is a pivotal process that has reshaped the manufacturing industry and our everyday lives. It has a large impact on the health of the environment and our future on this planet.

In England it is widely accepted that recycling is ‘a good thing’ but surveys have shown that 9 out of 10 people say they would recycle more if it were made easier.

Some interesting recycling facts:

1) A single recycled tin can would save enough energy to power a television for 3 hours

2) Every year 18 million tonnes of waste is land filled in U.K land sites

3) Each tonne of recycled paper can save 17 trees, 380 gallons of oil, 3 cubic yards of landfill space, 4000 KW of energy and 7000 gallons of water

4) 70% less energy is required to recycle paper compared with making it from raw materials

5) On average every person in the UK throws away their own body weight in rubbish every seven weeks

6) On average, 16% of the money you spend on a product pays for the packaging, which ultimately ends up as rubbish

7) Incinerating 10,000 tonnes of waste creates 1 job, landfill the same amount of waste creates 6 jobs, but recycling the same 10,000 tonnes creates 36 jobs

8) Glass takes up to 4000 years to decompose in a landfill yet can be recycled indefinitely

9) Household recycling and composting rates in England increased to 31% in 2006/7 from 27% in 2005/6

10) The highest percentage of household recycling and composting in 2006/07 was 55.5%, the lowest rate was 11.8%

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