10 things you might not know about recycling
People already know a lot about recycling, but there will still be some things that you don't know. Take a look at our top ten facts about recycling and see how many facts you already knew.
Aerosols CAN be recycled!Only 50% of aluminium packaging was recycled last year which means there’s lots more we can all do. Remember you can recycle empty cans of deodorant, furniture polish, air fresheners and other aluminium items too such as foil takeaway containers – it all counts!
Metal and glass can be recycled again and again and again…That’s right. Metal and glass can be recycled an infinite number of times without losing quality. Recycled forever…amazing!
Recycling saves more energy than you think.We use around 95% less energy to make products from recycled materials than raw materials. A good reason to recycle as much as you can.
Power your TV with drink cans!Recycling just one drink can could save enough energy to power a TV for around four hours (that’s two full episodes of Game of Thrones).
Today’s newspaper is next week’s too!All newspapers in the UK are made from 100% recycled paper and it only takes 7 days for a recycled newspaper to come back as a new one!
Over 80% of recycled glass is used in the UK.Recycled glass is super useful. Not only can it be used for new bottles and jars, it can become insulation for your home too. Cosy…
Smashing! Can you do more?Last year a whopping 75% of food and drink tins and cans and 60% of glass bottles and jars were recycled. This year, let’s make it 100%.
Recycled plastic and its uses…Plastic bottles don’t just get recycled into more plastic bottles. They can actually be recycled into t-shirts, fleeces, furniture and children’s toys too.
Ooooh a nice cuppa!Recycling just 6 tea-bags produces enough energy to make a cup of tea. Don’t forget you can put tea-bags and coffee grounds in your food recycling caddy.
We throw away a lot of food…Around 7 million tonnes of it and what's more, most of it could have been eaten. Try making a shopping list before you do your weekly shop or thinking of exciting ways to use up leftovers. Find tips here.
About plastic planet
From the sea to the land, Earth is becoming a Plastic Planet. Most of the plastic waste in the UK doesn't actually end up in our oceans, but a lot is disposed of in our environment – burned or buried in landfill sites. People are increasingly worried about this and its impact on nature, and they're right to be. 79% of the plastic waste ever created is still in our environment. We are leaving a legacy of plastic waste on our planet that will take years to put right.
of the plastic waste ever created is still in our environment.
The recycling gap
Despite a huge rise in recycling rates over the past few years, there is a big difference between what we are recycling and what we could be. This is the recycling gap. We need to close it.
More and more people are recycling but we still only recycle 58% of our plastic bottles – that's a 42% gap. Plastic bottles are accepted for recycling by 99% of local councils in the UK. We only recycle 32% of the plastic pots, tubs and trays we buy and these are widely collected for recycling.
It all adds up to plastic being needlessly burned or dumped in landfill every year. Some of that plastic ends up polluting our environment. We all do our bit to recycle, but we can still do more.
we still only recycle 58% of our plastic bottles – that's a 42% gap.
What can you do?
If you don't already recycle plastic it's as simple as getting a recycling bin from your local council and then putting it out on collection day. Check what types of plastic you can recycle at home by using our Recycling Locator.
If you are already recycling some of the plastic you buy, you can take the next step by finding out what else you can recycle to stop them becoming part of the environment. Remember, if its plastic and bottle shaped its recyclable including all those from the bathroom like shampoo and bleach bottles.
Together we are closing the recycling gap and saying no to a Plastic Planet.
Recycling plastics is easier than ever.