by: Kayleigh Dahl
What is happening?
Why is it happening?
The Environment Agency aim to:
Continuously improve air, land and water quality.
Encourage conservation efforts regarding animals, plants and natural resources.
Implement pollution control efforts.
Reduce the amount of household waste by encouraging people to reuse and recycle.
Improve standards of waste disposal.
Educate and inform people about environmental issues.
- Up to 60% of the rubbish that ends up in the dustbin could be recycled.
- The unreleased energy contained in the average dustbin each year could power a television for 5,000 hours.
- The largest lake in the Britain could be filled with rubbish from the UK in 8 months.
- On average, 16% of the money you spend on a product pays for the packaging, which ultimately ends up as rubbish.
- As much as 50% of waste in the average dustbin could be composted.
- Up to 80% of a vehicle can be recycled.
- 9 out of 10 people would recycle more if it were made easier.
- 24 million tonnes of aluminium is produced annually, 51,000 tonnes of which ends up as packaging in the UK.
- If all cans in the UK and US were recycled, we would need 14 million fewer dustbins.
- The largest glass furnace produces over 1 million glass bottles and jars per day.
- Glass is 100% recyclable and can be used again and again.
- Glass that is thrown away and ends up in landfills will never decompose.