recycling fun facts
Aluminium cans are virtually 100% recyclable and when recycled each can saves 95% of the energy needed to recreate that can from bauxite ore. Recycling a six pack of cans saves enough energy to drive an average car 8 kilometres and recycling your aluminium cans means less environmentally harmful mining while saving money and energy.
Glass bottles contain around 25% recycled glass and glass is eternally recyclable. Recycling a ton of glass saves the equivalent amount of energy as 38 litres of oil.
Recycling a 2 meter stack of newspapers is equivalent to saving one 35 foot high tree. Each ton of recycled paper saves the same amount of energy as is contained in 4 barrels of oil. Consider whether you need to take the paper as many of us now get our information online and make sure to unsubscribe to needless magazines and block all your direct mail spam.
Plastics are made from petroleum and account for 7% – 8% of all fossil fuels consumed each year. One recycled plastic bottle saves enough energy to power a 60 watt light bulb for 6 hours. Use reusable plastic water containers to lessen your plastic bottle consumption and lower your drinking water costs.