FEATURES AND INFO ON RECYCLING
In Britain we produce enough rubbish to fill Trafalgar Square to the top of Nelson's Column every day.
Each year, one person gets through 90 drink cans, 70 food cans, 107 bottles and jars and 45kg of plastic.
The UK uses about 12 billion cans each year. If placed end to end they would stretch to the moon and back!
Disposable nappies can take up to 500 years to decompose.
On average each person in England and Wales produces nearly 500kg of household waste a year.
The average British family throws away 6 trees worth of paper in their household bin a year.
Every tonne of paper recycled saves 17 trees.
25% of household waste is packaging and we throw £36 million worth of aluminium into landfill sites.
Sadly, five out of six glass bottles are thrown straight into the dustbin and only 2.5% of plastic bottles in Europe are recycled.
The UK uses a forest the size of Wales every year in paper.
Top tips for Recycling here.
The volume of waste produced in the UK in one hour would fill the Albert Hall.
In one year there would be enough waste to fill dustbins stretching from the Earth to the Moon.
Every year 13 billion steel cans (food tins, drinks cans) are produced. About a quarter of the steel used has been recycled.
All the aluminium cans sold in the UK would fill 12 million dustbins each year.
Recycling aluminium can save up to 95% of the energy needed to make it from raw materials.
Over 60% of the total plastic waste in Western Europe is packaging, which is typically disposed of within one year of sale.
Reclaimed waste paper represents around 63% of the fibre used to produce paper and board in the UK.
About 9% of the contents of the average household dustbin is glass, yet glass accounts for 70% by weight of the packaging recycled from the total household waste stream.
Tips on Computer Equipment recycling
- Compared to 50 years ago:
Food cans are 50% lighter
Yogurt pots are 60% lighter
Glass milk bottles are 50% lighter
Plastic carrier bags are 50% lighter
Nearly 80% of UK households bought organic food last year. A core 8% of consumers account for 60% of sales.
Like other European governments, the UK gives a small amount of financial support to UK farmers whilst they are going organic, or “in conversion”.