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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.
Take our test to find out if you are a Christmas superhero recycler!
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That’s right – a staggering 1 billion Christmas cards get sent every year and many of these end up in landfill, yet in Wales the majority can be recycled. If you’re buying Christmas cards, avoid the shiny/metallic/glitter types as they are harder to recycle or why not ditch the Christmas card this year! Send an e-card or donate money to charity instead.
Wow! That’s a lot of wrapping paper. When buying paper, avoid shiny or metallic types as they can’t be recycled. Wrapping paper can be recycled with your other paper and set out for weekly collection.
Alternatively, why not try ‘Furoshiki’? A Japanese style of wrapping using materials (that can be used again). Watch the video: http://bit.ly/Furoshiki-video
We use around 10 million bottles per day in the UK. That’s a huge amount. All plastic bottles can be recycled in Wales via your kerbside collection, yet many end up in landfill. In fact, if you stacked these end to end, they’d stretch 419 times around the Wales costal path!
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.
In fact, when you’re having a glass of wine this Christmas, spare a thought for all those wine bottles that end up in Welsh landfills every year – stacked end to end they are equivalent in height to over 8,000 mount Snowdons!
Christmas tree lights can be recycled by your local council. You can recycle them at household waste recycling centres with electrical items.
Getting the right sized turkey can be tricky. Too small and your guests will go hungry, too big and it ends up in the bin. In Wales we buy 500,000 turkeys at Christmas, the same weight as 30,000 santas! Yet, the equivalent of 160,000 will get thrown away. Use our handy guide to get the prefect size:
2-2.5kg serves 4-6,
3kg serves 6-7,
3.5kg serves 7-8,
4-4.5kg serves 8-10,
5-5.5kg serves 10-12,
6-6.5kg serves 12-15.
With a simple bit of planning you can reduce the amount of food you waste and save money! Use the Love Food Hate Waste portion planner before going shopping and only buy what you need.
Use up your leftovers for new meals. The same website has loads of recipe ideas.
The freezer is your festive friend! You’ll be amazed at what food you can freeze. Find out more. This will cut down on waste and save you money!
Why not try and make homemade decorations this year. We’ve searched the web to find some simple, fun and creative decorations that you can try. Why not give them a go and reduce the need to buy new decorations that will probably end up in the bin anyway! You can use them again and again, reducing waste and saving you money!
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:
- Read our guide to reducing waste and saving money this Christmas.
- Reduce the waste you produce - read our top tips.
- Do you recycle in every room of your house? Click on our interactive house to find out more.
- Involve your family and get everyone recycling.
- Ever wondered what happens to your recycling after it’s been taken away? Watch our animations.
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
- Read our guide to reducing waste and saving money this Christmas.
- 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.