Recycling and the Environment
We all know how important it is to protect our environment, but many of us struggle to understand what we can do, on a day to day basis, to make a positive difference. But, recycling our waste, rather than just throwing it in the dustbin is a simple and easy way to save valuable energy.
Almost 230 million tonnes of waste is produced in the UK every year with around 30 million tonnes of that coming from households and the good news is that now 45 per cent of all household waste is recycled putting us well on the way to meeting the government’s target of 50 per cent by 2020.
But if you’re in any doubt at all about how recycling everyday items can make a real difference here are a few interesting facts:
· Up to 60 per cent of the rubbish that ends up in the dustbin could be recycled.
· 1 recycled tin can would save enough energy to power a television for 3 hours and the average UK household uses 600 cans every year.
· 1 recycled glass bottle would save enough energy to power a computer for 25 minutes.
· 1 recycled plastic bottle would save enough energy to power a 60-watt light bulb for 3 hours and an estimated 13 billion plastic bottles are disposed of every year.
· 70 per cent less energy is required to recycle paper compared with making it from raw materials.
· The largest lake in Britain could be filled with rubbish from the UK in eight months.
· On average, 16 per cent of the money you spend on a product pays for the packaging, which ultimately ends up as rubbish.
· As much as 50 per cent of waste in the average dustbin could be composted.
· Up to 80 per cent of a vehicle can be recycled.