Even if the environmental benefits don't encourage you to recycle, the economics might be worth considering.
- Every year in the UK we throw away 7.2 million tonnes of food waste, this means the average family throws away £680 of food a year!
- Disposing of waste to landfill currently attracts a landfill tax of £64 per tonne, set to rise to £80 per tonne by 2014. This cost must be paid for out of your council tax. If we reduce the amount of waste we send to landfill, there will be more money to spend on the services that you really want.
- Instead of throwing away your unwanted, useable items why don't you consider selling them or giving them to a charity shop. Whilst you're there why not have a look around? You may find that item you've been looking for!!!
- Every time you throw something away it costs money, by Reducing, Reusing and Recycling your rubbish, you can help reduce collection and transportation costs, as well as the cost of disposing of the waste.
Protect the Environment
- Each tonne of paper that is recycled saves 24 trees
- Every day in the UK more than 15 million plastic bottles are used. It takes just 25 two litre bottles to make one fleece jacket.
- Recycling Garden Waste, into compost, and adding it to soil increases nutrients and helps plants grow
- By recycling your old electrical items you are preventing hazardous substances from leaking into the soil and water harming wildlife.
- Recycling paper uses 70% less energy compared with making it from raw materials.
- Recycling just one plastic bottle saves enough energy to power a 60W light bulb for six hours.
- Recycling one steel can saves enough energy to power a television for three hours.
- Recycling two glass bottles saves enough energy to boil enough water for five cups of tea!