WOW! Did you know just how much energy and wealth there is trapped in our waste? To give you an idea of just how valuable recycling can be here are a few facts and figures to make you think:
- The unreleased energy in the average dustbin each year is enough to power a television for 5,000 hours, or 208 days! Great! Where do I plug it in?
- Glass can be recycled again and again and again but glass that ends up in landfill will never decompose because it’s made of silica i.e. sand and sand doesn’t decompose – only organic matter decomposes.
- Recycling one tonne of paper uses 70% less energy and 40 less water than making brand new paper from brand new trees!
- It takes a thousand years for a plastic bag to completely break down.
- Over 2 million tonnes of food are thrown away each year.
Now if that’s not food for thought, we don’t know what is.