There are many good reasons to recycle, especially if you hire a skip bin. Aside from the benefits to the environment, the more you recycle the more space you have left to fill your skip bin with non-recyclable waste! This means you get better value for your bin, you get rid of more waste, and you’re being environmentally conscious.
It’s a good idea to categorise your waste into recyclable and non-recyclable items before you start a big clean-out, to make sure nothing goes into the skip bin that doesn’t or shouldn’t be there. Sometimes it’s surprising to learn what you can re-use or recycle, and what the benefits of recycling are. With that in mind, here are some interesting facts about recycling.
Interesting facts about recycling:
- Australia is one of the countries with the highest waste generation per capita, which means that on average each Australian produces more waste than individuals in nearly all other countries! The average Australian household produces approximately 400 kilograms of waste per year.
– In 2008, Australia led the world as the no. 1 recycler of newspapers.
– Food organics make up approximately 2/3 of all waste sent to landfill in Australia.
– These organic materials decompose in landfill, forming a greenhouse gas known as methane, which is 25 times higher than carbon dioxide in terms of global warming potential.
– To produce one aluminium can from raw materials uses the same amount of energy as producing 20 cans from recycled materials.
– The energy that is saved by recycling an aluminium can would run a television for three hours.
– In Australia, 17.5 million steel cans are recycled each week. This is enough to build 900 cars.
– Three cubic metres of landfill space is saved for every tonne of newspaper that is recycled.
– When you recycle one kilogram of paper or cardboard, the production of greenhouse gases is reduced by one kilogram.
– We use 376,000 tonnes of plastic packaging every year in Australia.
– Plastic bottles take up to 500 years to break down in landfill.
– If you recycle one plastic bottle, you will save enough energy to power a computer for 25 minutes.
– Glass can be recycled an infinite number of times.
– If you send a glass bottle to landfill, rather than recycling it, it will take anywhere between 4000 and one million years to break down.
– Batteries are the most common form of hazardous waste sent to landfills. 350 million batteries are purchased every year and 2/3 of this amount is sent to landfill.
– Batteries can be recycled and the nickel from them can be used to produce stainless steel.
– Electronic waste is produced at up to three times that of normal household waste production.
So there you have it! There are definitely some good reasons to think about recycling carefully when you are getting rid of waste. For everything that you can’t recycle, you can use a skip bin!
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