Amazing Facts about Recycling

Recycling is one of the best ways to save energy and conserve the environment. Did you know that…

you can power your television for 3 hours by recycling a single tin can?

recycling just 1glass bottle saves enough energy to run a computer for 25 minutes?

a single plastic bottle, when recycled, can save enough energy to generate 3 hours-worth of light from a 60-watt light bulb?

that recycling paper uses 70 per cent less energy than making it from raw materials?

computer recycling london collects several electronic devices

Here are some really interesting facts for you:

  • 60% of the rubbish that ends up in our bins could be recycled.
  • The unreleased energy which passes through the average dustbin each year could have been used to power a television for 5,000 hours.
  • It would take just 8 months for the largest lake in Britain to be filled to overflowing with rubbish.
  • 16 per cent of what you spend on items covers the cost of the packaging, which ultimately ends up in the bin. So, if you’re looking for packaging option for your products, you may want to consider this thermoformed tray here. It’s fairly easy to thermoform using PETG. RPET (or recycled polyethylene terephthalate), as it’s name implies, is a highly efficient, greener option.
  • You could compost upwards of 50 per cent of the waste which is filling up your bin right now.
  • Up to 80 per cent of the car you’re driving could be recycled.
  • 9 out of 10 people claim that they would recycle more if only recycling was easier.

If ease is what you’re looking for, let’s break it down to make the facts easier to understand.


  • In the UK, we produce 24 million tonnes of aluminium each year, 51,000 tonnes of which we use as packaging.
  • If we recycled all of the aluminium cans we throw away, we would require 14 million fewer dustbins.
  • The cost of the aluminium we throw away each year adds up to £36,000,000.
  • If we recycled all of these cans, they would be ready for reuse in just 6 weeks.
  • Recycling of other materials has begun such as copper recycling.


  • In the UK, the average family will use 500 glass bottles and jars each year.
  • The country’s largest glass furnace churns out over 1 million bottles and jars every day.
  • But why? Glass is 100 per cent recyclable, meaning that we can use it over and over. When we throw it away, it ends up in landfills instead, where it will never, ever decompose.


  • In the US, we use 12.5 million tons of paper and cardboard every year.
  • This issue can be particular prevalent in offices and business that require printing documentation on a daily basis. Thankfully these business usually rely on a commercial paper recycling service in order to reduce their carbon footprint. 
  • An average person will get through 38 kg of newspaper.
  • It takes 24 trees to make every ton of paper.
  • Recycling paper creates 73% less air pollution than making it from raw materials.
  • Every ton of paper you recycle saves:
  • 17 trees
  • 7,000 gallons of water
  • 79 gallons of oil
  • 41,000 kilowatts of energy
  • 60 gallons of air pollution
  • 3 cubic yards of landfill space
  • Think how much you could reduce your carbon footprint just by using a company like Datashred to dispose of the paper you use in your office – shocking, isn’t it?


  • Every year, we use 275,000 tonnes of plastic, which is around 15 million bottles per day.
  • The average family will throw about 40kg of plastic away every year, most of which could be recycled.
  • The amount of plastic being used in Western Europe is increasing by around 4% each year.
  • Plastic takes around 500 years to decompose.

Did you know that there are Air Conditioner Recycling companies that will take your old AC units? Time to start recycling more, wouldn’t you agree?

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