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Let’s make Wales the world’s champion recycler
Recycle for Wales has teamed up with the Cardiff Half Marathon and Brecon Carreg to celebrate Wales ranking as 3rd in the world for recycling by revealing the energy secrets of plastic bottles and banana peels recycled at the race and at home!
Can you really power the Principality Stadium with water bottles? And how many recycled banana peels would it take to charge your phone?
Our Run Refuel Recycle campaign reveals all
4 ways that banana peels & plastic bottles could power the Cardiff Half Marathon:
Cardiff’s most iconic landmarks
The 13mile Half Marathon course takes in some of south Wales’ most fantastical landmarks. If every Cardiff Half runner recycled their water bottle it would save enough energy to power the Principality Stadium's floodlights for over 14 hours. Don’t forget that bathroom plastic bottles - such as shampoo, body wash and hand wash - can be recycled too!
Power your favourite playlist
Are good tunes an essential part of your training programme? Then make sure you recycle your banana peels as the energy created could help to ensure that your phone doesn’t run out of juice. One recycled banana peel could generate enough energy to charge your smartphone...twice!
Whether you’re resting after a long run or putting your feet up after a hard day at work, your recycling can power your favourite TV series. 1 recycled water bottle would save enough energy to power your TV for 48 minutes. That’s almost enough time for an episode of Black Mirror, Stranger Things or Celebrity Masterchef.
The post-race feast
A banging cooked dinner is an essential part of any Sunday – whether you’re running the race or not. Your recycled fruit and veg peelings could help ensure the feast is ready for lunchtime. 67 recycled banana peels could power an oven long enough to roast a leg of Welsh lamb. Yummy!
How can plastic bottles and banana peels create energy?
In most places in Wales and the UK, banana peels and other food waste, when recycled, are taken to a special processing plant and turned into energy to power our homes, local communities... AND some of Wales' most loved landmarks.
We use up to 95% less energy to make products from recycled materials than raw materials. Recycled plastic bottles can also be transformed into all sorts of fabulous new things such as t-shirts and fleeces, as well as new bottles.
What kind of of recycler are you?
Wales is 3rd best in the World and 2nd best in Europe at recycling. Help us become number one in the World by recycling everything you can. Unsure about a particular item? Use our Recycling Locator below to find out everything you need to know about what can and can’t be recycled in your area.
Your food waste can be recycled into energy to power your student living
Food waste – such as fruit & veg peelings, egg shells and used teabags – can be turned into something useful. When recycled, it’s taken to a processing facility where it is turned into electricity to power your student community
How many recycled tea bags would it take to fully charge a tablet?
Select the right answer to power it up!
From late night study sessions to late night parties, your recycled food waste could supply the electricity
This weekend's Parties
It’s Pumpkin season! Whether you’re pumpkin carving or making pumpkin soup, the shell can help power this weekend's party... 6 recycled pumpkin shells could generate enough energy to power a DJ set for 1 hour!Order a caddy
Your favourite TV series
Recovering from last night’s party? Grab yourself a cuppa and mull over the fact that 35 recycled tea bags could power your TV long enough to watch one episode of Game of Thrones, Stranger Things or The Walking Dead.Find out about your local food recycling service
Your uni work
Got a 3000 word essay to finish off by the morning? Keep your energy levels topped up with bananas and let the peels do the hard work. 11 recycled banana peels could power a computer for an hour. Uni work has never been so a-peel-ing!Find out about your local food recycling service
The latest blockbuster
Fruit and veg peelings, egg shells, bones, food scraps can all be recycled. Put them in your caddy and let them work their magic. 5 caddies full of food waste could power a cinema screen long enough to watch the whole of Kingsman: The Golden Circle.Order a caddy
How can my recycled food waste generate electricity?
When you put your food waste in your 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.
Your local service
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 order your bins and find out more about your local service.