Recycling Week 2017

Recycling bins

It’s Recycle Week and we’re challenging you to join our team and become a waste warrior!

60% of items found in the average non-recyclable waste bin could have been recycled.
It helps the environment, saves money and reduces waste too.

It all adds up. If you and your friends started recycling today here’s what we could do:

  • If we all recycled one more drinks can a week, we’d save £3 million a year
  • Putting your used teabags into food waste caddy will save almost £550,000 a year in landfill tax
  • The energy saved from recycling one glass bottle could run a washing machine for ten minutes.
  • If everyone recycled one toothpaste box it would save enough energy to run a fridge in over 2,000 homes for a year.
  • If everyone recycled one aluminium aerosol can it would save enough energy to run 151,000 TVs for a year.
  • If everyone recycled one newspaper or magazine a week we’d save enough energy to boil 2.2 billion cups of tea – or 518 cups of tea for every adult in Scotland.
  • Preserve Scotland’s by using fewer natural resources
  • Recycling saves nearly9 million tonnes of CO2 a year – the equivalent of taking half a million cars off the road.
  • Reducing food waste can save a household up to £470 a year.

Busting myths about general waste
It’s in everyone’s best interests to recycle. Recycling makes sense both environmentally and economically. It saves money, creates jobs and avoids wasting resources.

A fifth of Scots believe anything can go in the general waste bin, but that’s just not true. Last year we spent £57 million landfilling items that could have been recycled instead – that’s money that could have been spent benefiting the community.

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