Recycling facts about Wales:
Wales is the world’s third best recycling nation;
In Wales we recycle 65% of our waste;
94% of us are regular recyclers in Wales;
Welsh Government has set a target to recycle 70% of our waste by 2025 and become a zero-waste nation by 2050;
To find out what happens to your recycling and where it goes, you can visit My Recycling Wales website where you will find some really useful information.
Recycling food waste directly helps to tackle climate change;
Most councils in Wales send their food waste to a special processing plant where it’s turned into renewable energy;
The process of turning food waste into energy is called “anaerobic digestion”;
EVERY council in Wales offers a local food waste recycling service;
Most people in Wales recycle their food waste;
Recycling 79 tea bags can generate enough electricity to power a hairdryer for 10 minutes;
1 recycled banana peel can produce enough energy to charge 2 smartphones;
A caddy full of food waste can generate enough electricity to power a fridge for 18 hours.
Glass and metal recycling:
Both glass and metal can be recycled again and again without losing any of its quality;
Around 95% less energy is used to make glass and metal items from recycled materials compared with using 'raw’ or ‘virgin' materials;
Glass and metal items that can be recycled from the bedroom and bathroom include perfume/aftershave bottles, deodorant, hairspray and shaving gel aerosols;
Recycling 1 empty drinks can saves enough energy to power a shower for more than 5 minutes;
Recycling 1 aerosol can generate enough energy to power a shower for 8 minutes;
Recycling 1 glass wine bottle stops nearly 4,000 cars’ worth of CO2 getting into our atmosphere.
Most household plastic items can be recycled;
Plastic bottles that can be recycled from the bathroom include hand wash, body wash, shampoo and conditioner bottles, bubble bath bottles and plastic detergent bottles;
90% of Welsh citizens recycle their plastic toiletry bottles. 92% recycle plastic drinks bottles;
It takes 75% less energy to make a plastic bottle from recycled plastic compared with using 'raw’ or ‘virgin' materials;
Recycling one plastic detergent bottle saves enough energy to charge 6 iPads;
Recycling one shampoo/ conditioner bottle generates enough energy to boil 2 kettles;
Recycling three 500ml water bottles generates enough energy to power a hairdryer for 10 minutes.
Card and paper recycling:
92% of people in Wales recycle their cardboard;
Cardboard that can be recycled from the bathroom include toothpaste boxes, toiletry boxes and toilet roll tubes;
1 recycled toilet roll tube saves enough energy to charge your smartphone twice.
BE MIGHTY. RECYCLE.