Recycling week is here!

Why is recycling so important?

There are many reasons why recycling is so key. It has a positive impact on the world we live in. It reduces the amount of rubbish sent to landfill sites.

Recycling also saves energy. By using materials more than once, we conserve natural resources.

Now in its 14th year Recycle Week is a celebration of recycling, with this year’s theme being ‘Recycling – It’s Worth It!’

It will run from 25th September – 1st October 2017. Recycling Week is organised by WRAP. In honour of this we have dug out some of our favourite and most useful recycling facts to share with you!

  • 70% less energy is needed to recycle paper as opposed to making it from raw materials.


  • It can take just 7 days to turn old newspapers, books and magazines back into new ones.


  • It takes 24 trees to make just one tonne of newspaper. If we didn’t recycle any newspaper, this would equate to chopping down 300 million trees in the UK alone.


  • If every person in the UK recycled just 10% more paper it would save approximately 5 million trees per year.


  • Paper is still one of the most recycled materials in the UK and over 2/3 of it is recycled.


  • It takes as little as 25, 2L plastic bottles to make one adult sized fleece!


  • Glass is 100% recyclable and can be re used over and over again.


  • If all cans were recycled in the UK we would need 14 million fewer dustbins – each can you place in the recycling will end up back on the shelf in around 60 days.


  • If all the aluminium cans recycled in the UK were laid end to end, they could orbit the earth 30 times.


  • Each tonne of recycled paper will save 17 trees, 380 gallons of oil, 3 cubic meters of landfill space, 4000 KW of energy and 7000 gallons of water.


Tweet us @Biffa and tell us about your recycling facts and tips!

About the author

Jas Bagri

Jas is part of Biffa’s digital team, writing a diverse range of content on a number on industry topics. Jas’s favourite subject to write about is recycling, so look out for her handy tips coming your way!