top green facts
The top 10
'Green House' facts on recycling and the environment:
- Each year in Britain,
we throw away 28 million tonnes of rubbish from our homes. This weighs the
same as three and a half million double decker buses. A queue of buses that
long would go around the world one and a half times. (Source: The Green
- You can make 20 cans out
of recycled material with the same amount of energy it takes to make one
new one. (Source: The Green parent website).
- The UK produces 420 million
tonnes of solid waste every year. That's the weight of 5 cars for each person
every year. We only recycle 11% of it. (Source: The Green parent website).
- Incinerating 10,000 tonnes
of waste creates 1 job, landfill the same amount of waste creates 6 jobs,
but recycling the same 10,000 tonnes creates 36 jobs. (Source: The Green
- In just over a week, we
produce enough rubbish to fill Wembley stadium. Over half of that waste
can be recycled. (Source: DETR).
- Every tonne of paper recycled
saves 17 trees. (Source: The Green parent website).
- Every year in the UK we
use 13 billion steel cans which if you placed them end to end, would stretch
to the moon - three times! (Source: Steel Can Recycling Information Bureau).
- The energy saved from
recycling one glass bottle means you could power a 60 Watt incandescent
light bulb for 4 hours, or an equivalent energy efficient light bulb for
around 20 hours. (Stats Source: www.wrap.org.uk).
- Recycling one plastic
bottle can save the same amount of energy needed to power a 60-watt light
bulb for six hours. (Source: Recoup).
- We use over six billion
glass bottles and jars each year. It would take you over three and a half
thousand years to sing "Six Billion Green Bottles"!
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