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The M6 toll motorway may be the most romantic route in the world because 2.5 million pulped Mills & Boon novels helped build it.
Engineers found the pulp helped bind other materials used to surface the £90 million 27 mile stretch of the M6 in the Midlands.
Paper and card make up 40% of the waste collected for recycling from UK households and for every tonne of newspaper recycled, we save 17 trees.
Recycling paper saves almost 70% of the energy needed to make paper from new raw materials and it can take just seven days for old magazines and newspapers to be recycled into new ones.
That means half of all plastic bottles are still being thrown away – what a waste!
Recycling just one plastic bottle saves enough energy to power a 60W light bulb for six hours. Most council’s recycle all plastic bottles. Check with your local authority if you’re unsure about what you can recycle.
Many single use carrier bags are made of oil based plastic, which is a non-renewable resource. Each plastic bag can take up to 500 to 1000 years to decompose, and may never break-down in landfill.
Since introducing the 5p charge for bags in Wales, we have reduced our carrier bag usage by around 90%! Keep up the good work and always remember your reusable bags when visiting shops.
Around 14 million glass bottles and jars are sent to landfill in the UK every day. On average, every family in the UK consumes around 330 glass bottles and jars a year.
Glass can be recycled again and again – containers made from recycled glass are of the same high quality as those made from new raw materials; we can recycle glass indefinitely. If we don’t, this valuable resource will be sent to landfill and lost forever.
Glass is 100% recyclable and can be recycled an infinite number of times without loss of quality, strength and functionality.
On average, every family in the UK uses around 330 glass bottles and jars each year.
Most local authorities pick up glass as part of their kerbside recycling service. Please check with your local authority if you’re unsure.
ALL food waste can be recycled and ALL local authorities in Wales provide a food waste recycling collection service.
In Wales, we produce enough food waste to fill 10,236 double decker buses, much of this ends up in landfill. When it rots it produces a gas called methane that is damaging to the environment.
However, if you recycle food waste, it can be treated using anaerobic digestion technology and generate electricity to power homes and businesses.
That’s almost £60 worth of food each month!
The Love Food Hate Waste campaign highlights the easy steps we can take to waste less food and save money. Perfect portions – cook just the right amount. Planning meals and buying only what you need. Storing foods the right way to keep them fresher for longer. Understanding date labels and making them work for you. For more help and advice visit: lovefoodhatewaste.com.
If all cans in the UK were recycled, we would need 14 million fewer dustbins.
It is estimates that every household in the UK consumes around 200 aluminium and 600 steel drink cans every year. Each one of these can be recycled back into new drink cans over and over again.
Recycling cans saves energy and natural resources, and also reduces the amount of rubbish sent to landfill.
It’s not just food and drink that come in steel cans. Many paint cans, aerosols, biscuit and sweet tins, and bottle tops are also made from steel.
Recycling seven steel cans saves enough energy to power a 60-watt light bulb for 26 hours.
Steel is the most recycled metal in the UK – and in the world!
Don’t worry, we’re here to help! We’ve selected some pages that we think might point you in the right direction and improve your knowledge. Click on links below to find out more.
You’ve planted the seeds of some recycling knowledge, but you can learn more. Let those seeds sprout into shoots and grow into thick branches with some of our simple tips.
You’re doing well, but are you sure you have the knowledge to recycle all you can? Is that some aluminium foil I see in your general waste?! You’re on your way, but to reach the next level there’s more you can learn:
You’ve got some recycling skills! But not quite enough to become a superhero. You must be patient and learn more before you’re able to reach those lofty heights. Improve your knowledge by reading these:
You are a recycling superhero! Your superpower recycling knowledge must be the envy of your neighbours. There’s not much we can teach you, but if you want to refresh your knowledge, click on the links below
- Are you reducing your waste?
- Reuse more of the waste you produce.
- Turning Welsh waste into energy – find out how it’s done.
- Know your waste – loads of facts that will amaze you.
- What else can I do? From reducing your carbon footprint to volunteering at Keep Wales Tidy, there’s more you can do to help the environment.
More and more people are recycling their food waste to create power
With over 70% of you now recycling your food waste, Wales is well ahead of the game. In fact, Welsh residents are the World’s third best recyclers. That’s amazing!
When recycled, your food waste is transformed into electricity to help power homes and communities across Wales..
How many recycled tea bags would it take to power a typical home for one hour?
Select the right answer to power the house!
How can my recycled food waste generate electricity?
When food waste is put into the general rubbish bin it often ends up in landfill, where it rots and releases methane - a harmful greenhouse gas. Most councils in Wales send their food waste to an ‘Anaerobic Digestion’ processing facility - which captures the methane and turns it into energy. You’d be amazed at what you can power just by recycling everyday items such as teabags and banana peels:
Your favourite music
Whether you’re getting ready for a night out or cooking tea for the kids, do it to the sound of your favourite music. Just 5 recycled banana peels could generate enough energy to play Tom Jones’ Greatest Hits on your home stereo.Find out about your local recycling service
The spring clean
Yes that’s right, the spring clean! So grab yourself a cuppa and let the used teabags do the hard work. 22 recycled tea bags could power the hoover for a whole 10 minutes… just enough time to reward yourself with another tea break!Find out about your local food recycling service
How do you like them apples? Whether you’re making apple sauce for the Sunday Roast or just having a healthy snack, don’t forget to recycle the core. 52 recycled apple cores can power a TV for 1 hour – that’s this weekend’s must see TV sorted!Find out about your local food recycling service
A Friday night drink
Coffee grounds, veg peelings, egg shells, bones and food scraps can all be recycled. Put them in your food caddy and let them work their magic. A caddy full of food waste could generate enough electricity to power a fridge for 18 hours… more than long enough time to chill that bottle of wine or cans of pop!Order a caddy
Watch the video to discover how your recycled food waste is turned into electricity.
Click here to find out how you can start recycling your food waste.
How to get started
Order your caddy & outside bin
All councils in Wales provide a convenient weekly food recycling service. All you’ll need is a kitchen caddy, a food recycling bin and a roll of liners to get started.
Select your council area on the map to find out more about your local service and how you can join the 70% of people in Wales that are already recycling their food waste.