News — Fun Recycling Facts
Fun Facts about cans
- Recycling one aluminium can saves enough energy to power your TV for three hours.
- Making one can from raw materials uses the same amount of energy that it takes to recycle 20 cans.
- The average UK household uses around 600 steel cans every year.
- The aluminium drinks can is the world’s most recycled packaging container – worldwide over 50% of aluminium cans are recycled.
Fun Facts about glass
- Around 14 million glass bottles and jars are sent to landfill in the UK every day.
- Recycling one glass bottle or jar saves enough energy to power your computer for 20 minutes.
- Glass can be recycled again and again – containers made from recycled glass are of the same high quality as those made from new raw materials.
- Green glass bottles are made with up to 90% recycled glass.
Fun Facts about paper
- The average person living in the UK uses around 200kg of paper every year.
- Paper and card make up 40% of the waste collected for recycling from UK households.
- For every tonne of recycled newspaper, we save 17 trees.
- Recycling paper saves almost 80% of the energy needed to make paper from new raw materials.
- It can take just seven days for old magazines and newspapers to be recycled into new ones.
Fun Facts about plastic
- In the UK we throw away around 455,000 tonnes of plastic bottles every year – equivalent to around 9.1 billion bottles.
- It takes just 25 two-litre plastic bottles to make a recycled fleece jacket.
- Recycling just one plastic bottle saves enough energy to power a 60W lightbulb for six hours.
- Around 11% of our household waste is plastic and 40% of this is plastic bottles.
Fun Facts about waste in the UK
- Each UK household produces over 1 tonne of waste per year. This is the weight of a small car.
- In less than 2 hours the UK produces enough waste to fill the Albert Hall.
- Every year, the average dustbin contains enough unrealised energy for 500 baths, 3500 showers or 5,000 hours of television.
- On average, every person in the UK throws away their own body weight in waste every seven weeks.
- Up to 60% of the waste that ends up in the bin could be recycled.