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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.
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