Ten things we love about re­cy­cling

McIvor Times - - NEWS -

RE­CY­CLING at home is of­ten some­thing that we just do, rarely tak­ing the time to think of the pos­i­tive out­comes that come from our good re­cy­cling choices. Here are a few re­cy­cling facts that we as in­di­vid­u­als con­trib­ute to:

1. Re­cy­cling one tonne of pa­per and card­board saves 13 trees and 2.5 bar­rels of oil.

2. In Aus­tralia, 17.5 mil­lion steel cans are re­cy­cled each week. This is enough to build 900 cars.

3. The en­ergy saved by re­cy­cling one plas­tic drink bot­tle will power a com­puter for 25 min­utes.

4. Each year house­hold re­cy­cling in Vic­to­ria saves 8,960 me­gal­itres of wa­ter. That’s the wa­ter con­sump­tion of 3,370,000 peo­ple for one week.

5. Three cu­bic me­tres of land­fill space is saved for every tonne of news­pa­per that is re­cy­cled.

6. Each alu­minium can re­cy­cled saves enough elec­tric­ity to run a tele­vi­sion for three hours.

7. Since 2001 we have col­lected 350 thou­sand tonnes of re­cy­clable ma­te­rial in the Lod­don Mallee Re­gion.

8. By re­cy­cling just six alu­minium cans you can save enough en­ergy to off­set the car­bon emis­sions from a 10km jour­ney in an av­er­age-size car.

9. Re­cy­cling one glass jar saves enough en­ergy to power a 100-watt light bulb for four hours, or a flu­o­res­cent bulb for 20 hours.

10. Mak­ing prod­ucts from re­cy­cled plas­tics in­stead of vir­gin ma­te­ri­als re­duces wa­ter us­age by 90%, car­bon diox­ide by 2.5 tonnes and en­ergy con­sump­tion by two thirds.

For more in­for­ma­tion, hints and tips to help with re­cy­cling right as well as a de­tailed A-Z list of ma­te­ri­als show­ing which bin they go in down­load the free Lod­don Mallee Waste Info App through the App Store or Google Play with the search: Lod­don Mallee.

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