Issue 5: May 2014
Fun facts for National Recycling Week!
Recycled plastic bottles can be turned into all kinds of things – even fleece jackets!
It takes 25 recycled drinks bottles to make a fleece jacket.
Every household uses approximately 600 steel cans a year
All steel cans contain up to 25% recycled steel.
25,000 plastic bottles weigh one tonne
Recycling 1 tonne of plastic bottles saves 1.5 tonne of carbon.
75% of the aluminium ever made is still in productive use today
The UK produces over 9 billion drinks cans every year, 80% are made of aluminium.
In the UK, aluminium drinks cans can be recycled, made into new cans, filled and put back on the shelf in just six weeks
In a whole year, an individual drinks can could be recycled eight times.
PET (polyethylene terephthalate) is the most commonly used polymer in UK plastic packaging
PET is the most widely recycled plastic in the world.
Steel is the most recycled metal in the UK
All steel cans are 100% recyclable - they can be recycled over and over again, into anything from cars and bicycles to more steel cans.
It takes 75% less energy to make a plastic bottle from recycled plastic compared with using ‘virgin’ materials
50% of the UK’s plastic drinks bottles are now recycled.
The PET bottle was patented in 1973 by chemist Nathaniel Wyeth
The first PET bottle was recycled in 1977.
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