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How Much Do We Really Recycle?

A THROW AWAY CULTURE HOW MUCH DO WE REALLY RECYCLE? TOTAL INDIVIDUAL LIFETIME DISPOSAL ON AVERAGE EVERY PERSON THROWS AWAY SEVEN AND A ALUMINIUM HALF TIMES THEIR BODY WEIGHT EACH YEAR 10% PLASTIC GLASS 30% PAPER 15% FOOD PAPER STEEL CANS ARE RECYCLED IN SIX WEEKS 15% GARDEN WASTE WHEN USING RECYCLED 10% METAL STEEL CANS GLASS TO MAKE CONTAINERS, ARE 100% RECYCLABLE 315KG OF CO2 5% WOOD 8% GLASS IS SAVED PER TONNE GLASS CAN BE RECYCLED MANY TIMES WITHOUT LOSING ITS PURITY 2% MISC 5% RUBBER 70% LESS ENERGY IS USED TO MAKE RECYCLED PAPER TOTAL HOUSEHOLD DISPOSAL PER WEEK COMBUSTIBLE WASTE 3.3KG GARDEN WASTE 2.9KG KITCHEN WASTE 3.1KG TEXTILES 0.3KG THE AVERAGE HOUSEHOLD WEEKLY WASTE HAS ENOUGH ENERGY TO POWER A TV FOR TWO YEARS THE AVERAGE FAMILY THROWS SIX TREES WORTH OF PAPER IN THEIR HOUSEHOLD BIN A YEAR GLASS PACKAGING 1.7KG ALUMINUM PACKAGING 0.5KG FERROUS PACKAGING 0.7KG PLASTIC PACKAGING 0.7KG THE ENERGY SAVED FROM CARDBOARD & PAPER 3.8KG ADDITIONALLY 96% OF AN OLD TELEVISION CAN BE USED TO MAKE NEW TELEVISIONS. RECYCLING ONE BOTTLE WILL POWERA 100 WATT LIGHT BULB FOR AN HOUR EVERY YEAR THE AVERAGE DUSTBIN CONTAINS ENOUGH UNRELEASED ENERGY FOR 500 BATHS, 3500 SHOWERS OR 5,000 HOURS OF TELEVISION ONE RECYCLED ALUMINIUM CAN SAVES ENOUGH ENERGY TO POWER A TV FOR THREE HOURS IN THE PAST YEAR ALONE, OUR HOUSEHOLD RECYCLUNG AMOUNTED TO 8.7 MILLION TONNES. THIS INCLUDED QUANTITIES OF ALUMINIUM, GLASS AND PAPER EQUIVALENT TO: 2.1 BILLION GLASS 2.9 BILLION ALUMINIUM 6.6 BILLION WINE BOTTLES CANS NEWSPAPERS NEWS ENOUGH TO STRETCH AROUND THE WORLD NINE TIMES ENOUGH TO BUILD SIX STACKS NINE OUT OF EVERY TEN SOLD REACHING TO THE MOON IN THE UK THE ENERGY USED TO MAKE ONE CAN FROM RAW MATERIALS COULD BE USED TO MAKE TWENTY RECYCLED CANS WE USE AROUND 600 PER HOUSEHOLD PER YEAR. THIS EQUALS 12.5 BILLION STEEL CANS EVERY YEAR IN TOTAL, OF WHICH 10 BILLION GOES TO LANDFILL IF YOU PUT IT IN A LANDFILL NOW, THE FOLLOWING WOULD DECOMPOSE BY: ALUMINIUM CAN DISPOSABLE NAPPIES PAPER BAG WOOL SOCK NEXT MONTH NEXT YEAR 2060 AD 2560 AD PLASTIC BAGS PLASTIC JUG GLASS BOTTLE STYROFOAM CUP 3010 AD 1,002,010 AD 1,500,000 AD 7,500,000,000 AD OR ALTERNATIVELY.. IF WE RECYCLED EVERYTHING WE COULD, NATIONALLY WE COULD SAVE 58 MILLION TONNES OF CO2 A YEAR. THIS IS EQUAL TO THE AMOUNT ABSORBED BY 64,046 MILES OF FOREST MUNICIPAL RECYCLING AND COMPOSTING BY COUNTRY GERMANY 64%6 BELGIUM 62% NETHERLANDS 49% AUSTRIA 59% SWEDEN 49% ITALY 44% DENMARK 41% ESTONIA 35% FINLAND 36% UK 34.5% 0% 100% Im

How Much Do We Really Recycle?

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Most of us try and recycle, but how much refuse actually gets into the recycling bin? Find out how much Europeans are recycling and how much is still being carted off to the dump.

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