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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.
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.