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Recycling facts

  • A typical household produces one tonne of waste every year, the majority of which could be reused and recycled
  • One million tonnes of nappies are thrown away, that's 8 million nappies every day.
    Each child uses a total of 5,850 nappies in their lifetime; that weighs the same as an average family car!
  • For every tonne of recycled newspaper, we save 17 trees!
  • It can take just 7 days for old newspapers and magazines to be recycled into new ones!
  • The annual amount of forest lost each year is equivalent to the size of Wales!
  • It takes 250 trees to absorb the carbon dioxide produced each year by a single family car!
  • It takes just 25 2L plastic bottles to make one fleece!
  • Recycling one plastic bottle saves enough energy to power a 60W light bulb for 6 hours!
  • Recycling one glass bottle or jar saves enough energy to power your computer for 20 minutes!
  • The glass we recycle in the UK each year saves enough energy to launch 10 space shuttle missions!
  • Making one can from raw materials uses the same amount of energy that it takes to recycle 20 cans!
  • The aluminium drinks can is the worlds most recycled packaging container – worldwide – over 50% of aluminium cans are recycled!
  • Recycling one aluminium can saves enough energy to power your TV for three hours!
  • On average, every person in the UK throws away their own body weight in waste every seven weeks!

Recycling YOUR waste:

  • Saves the earth's natural resources.
  • Saves energy and reduces the risk of global warming.
  • Reduces the need for landfill.

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Last updated: 25 February 2016

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