Recycling can play a huge role in conserving the environment. Recycled things can be used to make new items. For example, glass can be recycled to make amazing vases, jars, and bottles. Many decorations can also be made from recycled items without necessarily disposing of them completely. We have highlighted some amazing recycling facts that you didn’t know about. Let’s get started.

Waste Recycling Facts

  1. An average person creates about five pounds of rubbish per day which often ends up in landfills.
  2. An average person in the UK throws away around 400 kg of waste each year. There was a target to recycle 50% of all household waste by 2020.

Cans Recycling Facts

  1. Steel cans can be recycled into new steel cans, bicycles, and other items.
  2. Cardboard boxes can be recycled up to 7 times to make new packaging boxes and furniture. Cartons are valuable recyclable materials that can make toilet paper, paper towels, or other items.
  3. Aluminium drink cans can be recycled back in just 60 days after use. They are actually recycled more than other drinking cans. Saving one aluminium can can save enough energy to run a 55-inch HDTV to watch your favourite film.
  4. If aluminium cans were recycled, only a few dustbins would be needed.
  5. Over 81 million cans are thrown in landfills in the UK every day.
  6. Brazil recycles more than 98% of aluminium while Japan recycles over 82% of aluminium waste.

Electronics, Battery, and Metal Recycling Facts

  1. Recycled electronic scrap from computers contains more gold than recovered 17 tons of gold ore.
  2. It takes 50X more energy to make a battery than the finished product produces.
  3. Only 27% of batteries are recycled in the UK with the remaining percentage is thrown in landfills.
  4. In the UK, more than 2 million TV sets are discarded each year. They often end up in landfills that would have been recycled.
  5. Over 600 million batteries are thrown each year.

Paper Recycling Facts

  1. It takes 70% less energy to recycle paper than it takes to create a new one from raw materials.
  2. On average 25 trees are needed to make a tonne of paper.
  3. More than 52 million tons of paper products were recycled in 2018.
  4. It takes 10 litres of water to make one sheet of A4 paper.
  5. Papers are some of the most thrown wastes in the world.

Plastics Recycling Facts

  1. We use 20X more plastics today than 49 years ago.
  2. Plastic waste thrown each year can circle the world 5 times.
  3. UK households throw around 41 kg of plastic which can be useful to manufacture 10 recycle bins.
  4. One tonne of plastic can make twenty thousand plastic bottles. The same amount can be used to make one hundred and twenty thousand plastic carrier bags.
  5. A car can be driven for 11 meters using the oil used to make one plastic bag.
  6. Plastic bags are banned in many African and Asian countries.
  7. Plastic drinking bottles, jars, or other plastics can be recycled with caps on. Recycled plastic containers can be used to make mobile phone cases, clothes, rugs, and playground equipment.

Glass Recycling Facts

  1. A household in the UK uses 500 glass bottles per year.
  2. Glass doesn’t decompose and easily fills up landfills.
  3. Most glass bottles when thrown end up in landfills.
  4. A tonne of recycled glass saves 245 kg of carbon dioxide emissions.
  5. The largest glass furnace produces 1,000,000 + glass bottles each day.
  6. Recycling glasses can reduce carbon dioxide emissions.
  7. A plastic bottle can save enough energy to power a lightbulb for 3 hours.

Food Recycling Facts

  1. A UK household throws away 21% of all food purchased.
  2. In a year, each person throws about 75 kg of food which can be recycled and used as animal feed.
  3. One litre of cooking oil can pollute 1 million litres of drinking water.
  4. Over 1.4 million untouched bananas are thrown each day.
  5. Recycling everything from a kitchen recycling bin can power a TV for six months.
  6. Recycling a single glass bottle can produce energy to power a laptop for half an hour.
  7. UK households create 7 million tonnes of food waste each year.
  8. 50% of most food waste is edible and can be recycled through other means like animal feeds or food banks.


If recycling was taken seriously a lot of waste couldn’t end up in landfills. Therefore, it is everyone’s mandate to ensure the proper use of items. Also, people ought to only take what is required and leave the rest to prevent any kind of wastage.

Every item we use can be recycled to make a fresh thing or be reused therefore we should take it as our mandate to take care of the environment.

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