Fun Facts

Did you know, used aluminium drink cans (such as fizzy drinks) that we recycle in our grey bins at home can be back on the supermarket shelves as new drink cans in as little as 60 days!

For every tonne of recycled newspaper, we save 17 trees (make sure to always recycle your paper in your blue bin!)

97% of our rubbish that goes into our burgundy bin goes to Waste to Energy, where it is burnt to create electricity

The average family in the UK uses about 330 glass bottles each year!

It’s important to recycle them as they can be made into new glass bottles and jars or to make building materials.

Glass jars can be recycled in our grey recycling bins at home.

Ever thought about any pieces of paper that we throw into our blue recycling bin? The average UK family throws away 6 trees worth of paper in their household bin a year!

Do you often leave food on your plate and throw it away? We throw away between £250 and £400 of potentially edible food every year! Make sure to try and use up any leftovers you have.

Every year an estimated 17.5 billion plastic bags are given away by supermarkets. This represents over 130,000 tonnes of plastic – enough to cover an area the size of London twice with a layer of bags! Always try and reuse your carrier bags when you go shopping.

Nearly half of the rubbish we put in our burgundy bin could actually be recycled, make sure to check our A-Z’s before throwing it in the rubbish to see if it can be recycled