Five fun facts on Recycling

Each Friday we post facts on our social media channels. However, today we are doing Fact Friday a little differently. Yesterday (18th March) was Global Recycling Day and to emphasise the importance of recycling today we are sharing recycling facts that you may not have seen or heard before.

Did you know…

  1. Recycling a single aluminium can will save enough energy to power a TV for up to three hours
  2. Recycling five plastic bottles creates enough insulating fibre to fill a ski jacket.
  3. It is believed that 50% of all food waste is still edible, and could be ‘recycled’ through food banks, charities, and making animal feed.
  4. The average UK household throws away 20% of all food purchased.
  5. Each can you place in a recycling bin can be back on the shelf within 60 days.
  6. If every person in the UK recycled just 10% more paper, we would save approximately 5 million trees each year.
  7. It takes just 6 days to turn old newspapers, books, and magazines into new ones.
  8. By recycling your daily newspaper, you can save your own body weight in paper in just one year.
  9. In 2015, the UK introduced a ‘5p carrier bag tax’ to reduce our plastic bag consumption. And it worked. We now use around 83% fewer single-use bags than we did in 2014.
  10. Every tonne of glass recycled saves 246 kg of CO2 emissions.

Find out how we recycle obsolete workwear, clothing, PPE, and helmets.

Recycling Action – Global Recycling Day PDF