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Every little bit helps - some useful recycling facts

If you think your ‘reduce, reuse, recycle’ efforts don’t have any impact, think again! You’d be surprised how small efforts make a huge difference.

February 18, 2021
Lady carrying tray of recycling items

Here’s how you are helping the environment:

  • By recycling one plastic bottle you are saving enough energy to power a computer for 25 minutes.
  • Taking reusable bags to the supermarket means you are avoiding plastic bags; the petroleum used to manufacture nine plastic bags is enough to power a car for a kilometre. 
  • Recycling aluminium uses only five percent of the energy to make a new aluminium product. The electricity saved from recycling just one aluminium can is enough energy to power a TV for three hours.
  • Three-quarters of clothing purchased is thrown out within a year, but by reducing the amount of ‘fast fashion’ you buy, you are saving water. It takes 2700 litres of water to produce one item of clothing – that’s more than enough drinking water for one person for three years.
  • When you compost food waste, you avoid sending it to the landfill. When in the landfill it decomposes without oxygen and produces methane, which is 25 times more potent than carbon dioxide.
  • By drinking tap water rather than bottled water you are avoiding plastic and saving more water! It takes up to 4 litres of water to produce one litre of bottled water.
  • Australia is one of the world leaders in paper and cardboard recycling! Collectively recycling one tonne of paper means we are saving 13 trees, 2.5 barrels of oil, 4 square metres of landfill and 31,780 litres of water.

7 easy ways to reduce your waste:

  1. Make a meal plan and stick to it. Buy only what you need when you go shopping.
  2. Keep your reusable shopping bags in your car so you don’t forget them.
  3. Buy bars of soap rather than liquid soap in plastic bottles.
  4. Buy loose fruit and vegetables rather than the pre-packaged variety – and take your own reusable produce bags.
  5. Buy some rechargeable batteries rather than single use.
  6. Opt for recycled paper products. Remember your reusable cup for your takeaway coffee.

Always remember, no matter how small the effort you make towards recycling, it all helps towards creating a sustainable society.

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