1: Recycling one aluminium can can save enough energy to power a television for 3 hours.
2: Over 60% of normal household waste is actually able to be processed for recycling.
3: Recycling reduces the amount of waste material that is stored in landfill sites. Recycling is better for the environment than storing waste in landfills because landfills emit methane gas which is damaging to the earth’s atmosphere and contributes to climate change.
4: The recycling of paper leads to 70% less air pollution than producing ‘fresh’ paper from trees.
5: Recycling 900kg of paper saves almost 1600 litres of oil and 17 trees.
6: Without counting matter that has been processed for recycling, most people use 7 trees a year worth of wood from the products they use that are processed from wood. Over a year that is 2 trillion trees. Recycling could prevent this number from being so high.
7: Recycling uses less energy than making products from the raw materials. Consequently, recycling leads to less greenhouse gases from being emitted.
8: Every 30 minutes 2.5 million plastic bottles are thrown away for landfill rather than being processed for recycling.
9: There is no limit to the amount of times aluminium can be processed for recycling.
10: Recycling is possible for many raw materials including most types of glass and plastic, as well as metal, paper, electronics and fabric.
11: Recycling of an aluminium can from waste to being sold in a shop with new contents takes 2 months.
12: Trees in tropical rainforests are being cut down at a rate of 100 acres per minute. This could be lessened by recycling.
13: Recycling a glass bottle saves the same amount of energy that it takes to power a computer for up to 3 hours.
14: If 10,000 tonnes of waste is incinerated is creates one job, if it is stored in a landfill it creates 6 jobs but recycling the waste creates 36 jobs.
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