On average every person in the UK throws away their own body weight in rubbish every seven weeks.
70% less energy is required to recycle paper compared with making it from raw materials.
Glass takes between 4000 to a million years to decompose in a landfill so in effect it is infinitely recyclable.
Every eight months the UK produces enough waste to fill Lake Windermere, (Lake District, Cumbria).
It is estimated that there are 90 million redundant mobile phones in the UK.
Every UK household produces over one ton of rubbish every year.
Over Christmas as much as 83km² of wrapping paper will end up in UK rubbish bins, enough to cover an area larger than Guernsey.
Rainforests are being cut down at the rate of 100 acres per minute.
The energy saved by recycling one plastic bottle will power a 60W light bulb for six hours.
Incinerating 10,000 tonnes of waste creates one job, land-filling the same amount of waste creates six jobs but recycling this much waste creates 36 jobs.
Recycling one glass bottle saves enough energy to power a colour TV for 15 minutes. It is not known how long glass takes to break down, but it’s so long that glass made in the Middle East over 3000 years ago can still be found today.
Once an aluminium can is recycled it can be part of a new can within six weeks. If all the aluminium cans sold in the UK were recycled, there would be 14 million fewer full dustbins each year.
It takes just 25 two litre drink bottles to make one adult size fleece.
In the U.S. over 75% of waste is recyclable, but they only recycle about 32% of it.
The U.S. generate 21.5 million tons of food waste each year. If it were composted then the reduction of greenhouse gas would be equivalent to taking two million cars off the road.
If every American recycled just one-tenth of their newspapers, that would save 25 million trees each year.
Every year 18 million tons of waste are land filled in the U.K.
70% less energy is required to recycle paper compared with making it from raw materials.
Only 1% of our planet’s water supply can be used. 97% is ocean water and 2% is frozen solid in the Arctic, for now.
An estimated 50,000 species inhabiting our tropical forests become extinct annually. That’s an average of 137 species a day.
Rainforests are cut down at a rate of 100 acres per minute.
It is estimated that 86% of species that exist on our planet are as yet unknown to us.
If all the ice in glaciers and ice sheets melted, the sea level would rise by about 80 meters (262 ft), about the height of a 26-storey building.
If sea level should rise by 3 metres (10 feet), many of the World’s coastal cities, like Venice, London, New Orleans, and New York, would be under water.
Local summer temperatures in the Arctic show the past century may have been the warmest in the last 44,000 years.
A single tree produces approximately 260 pounds of oxygen per year. This means two mature trees can supply oxygen to support a family of four, for a year.
A single tree absorbs one ton of carbon dioxide during its life. Think how much gas is required to weigh one ton.
It is China’s air pollution that is visible from space and not the Great Wall of China as is common belief.
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