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Let's keep a good thing going

Latest: Recycling is still a good thing!

Your recycling efforts have already made a huge difference. In 2008, the amount of household waste we recycled reached an impressive 8.7 million tonnes. That alone saved the same amount of CO2 that nearly a million return flights from London to Sydney would produce. Recycling makes a real difference so lets keep a good thing going.

  • 95% recycled – out of all the materials put out for recycling last year, over 95% was successfully recycled
  • It’s better for the environment – last year alone we recycled 6 billion plastic bottles – that’s the same as each person in Britain recycling 99 bottles in a year!
  • It’s cheaper to recycle – on average it costs £45 to landfill a tonne of waste, so it’s cheaper to recycle than send the material to landfill.  

How can I help?

There are a few simple things you can do to keep up the good work and help to recycle more this year:

  • Find out what you can recycle locally – enter your postcode here to find out what you can recycle in your area or contact your local council
  • Pass on the good news! – Let family, friends and neighbours know the facts about recycling
  • Not sure if something can be recycled? – check our handy guide below to find out which items can and can’t be recycled, from batteries to bicycles

Find out what items you can recycle at...

Or visit the websites for Scotland | Wales

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