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Recycling is an excellent way of saving energy and conserving the environment. Did you know that:

  • 1 recycled tin can would save enough energy to power a television for 3 hours.
  • 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.
  • 70% less energy is required to recycle paper compared with making it from raw materials.

Some Interesting Facts

  • Up to 60% of the rubbish that ends up in the dustbin could be recycled.
  • The unreleased energy contained in the average dustbin each year could power a television for 5,000 hours.
  • The largest lake in the Britain could be filled with rubbish from the UK in 8 months.
  • On average, 16% of the money you spend on a product pays for the packaging, which ultimately ends up as rubbish.
  • As much as 50% of waste in the average dustbin could be composted.
  • Up to 80% of a vehicle can be recycled.
  • 9 out of 10 people would recycle more if it were made easier.


  • 24 million tonnes of aluminium is produced annually, 51,000 tonnes of which ends up as packaging in the UK.
  • If all cans in the UK were recycled, we would need 14 million fewer dustbins.
  • £36,000,000 worth of aluminium is thrown away each year.
  • Aluminium cans can be recycled and ready to use in just 6 weeks.


  • Each UK family uses an average of 500 glass bottles and jars annually.
  • The largest glass furnace produces over 1 million glass bottles and jars per day.
  • Glass is 100% recyclable and can be used again and again.
  • Glass that is thrown away and ends up in landfills will never decompose.


  • Recycled paper produces 73% less air pollution than if it was made from raw materials.
  • 12.5 million tonnes of paper and cardboard are used annually in the UK.
  • The average person in the UK gets through 38kg of newspapers per year.
  • It takes 24 trees to make 1 ton of newspaper.


  • 275,000 tonnes of plastic are used each year in the UK, that’s about 15 million bottles per day.
  • Most families throw away about 40kg of plastic per year, which could otherwise be recycled.
  • The use of plastic in Western Europe is growing about 4% each year.
  • Plastic can take up to 500 years to decompose.

Why Recycle?


Recycling is the process of making new products from used materials.  This not only has many benefits for the environment, but also for the future of the human race.  Using recycled materials rather than virgin materials in manufacturing:

  • Releases less air and water pollutants
  • Reduces demand on trees,water, and minerals
  • Reduces emissions of greenhouse gases
  • Reduces the need for landfills and incinerators
  • Creates jobs which help the state and national economy
  • Helps to sustain the environment for future generations


Energy Savings

Extracting and processing raw materials to make new products requires a lot of energy.  Removal or reduction of these processes in manufacturing operations results in huge energy savings.

Material Energy Savings
Recycled Aluminium 95%
Recycled Copper 85%
Recycled Plastics 80%
Recycled Paper 70%
Recycled Steel 74%
Recycled Rubber 69%
Recycled Lead 65%

General Facts About Recycling

- On average, 10-15% of the money you spend on a product pays for the packaging, which ultimately ends up as garbage.

- Up to 80% of a vehicle can be recycled.

- It costs about $30 per ton to recycle garbage, $50 to transport it to a landfill, and $70 to incinerate it.

- Recycling creates 1.1 million U.S. jobs and $37 billion in annual payrolls.

- The average household throws away 13,000 pieces of paper every year which is mostly junk mail and packaging.

- In the United States landfills are responsible for approximately 36% of all methane emissions.  Methane is a greenhouse gas many times more potent than carbon dioxide.

- Yard trimmings make up 20% of the solid waste in US.  Less than one quarter of this amount is recovered for composting.

- More than half of the MSW (municiple solid waste) that ends up in a landfill is highly recyclable material.