At Tidysite Skip Services, we have an ongoing commitment to developing and maintaining recycling activities. We endeavour to find a second life for the majority of waste received at our waste transfer station.
What are the benefits of recycling?
- It conserves natural resources such as trees, metals, fossil fuels and other raw material.
- It protects ecosystems and wildlife (less disruption, less pollution, less damage).
- It saves energy (reusing material to create a new product uses less energy than if produced from virgin materials).
- It keeps landfill sites to a minimum.
- It cuts climate-changing carbon emissions.
- It saves money.
- It helps create jobs in the recycling and manufacturing industries.
- It feels good.
Find out more about which plastics can be recycled, or the benefits of recycling glass in particular.
We are currently able to recycle the following:
- UPVC window frames
- Polythene film
- Wood & metal
- Inert (soil, concert, etc.)
- Farm plastic
Some recycling facts
- 5 million trees would be spared each year if everyone in the UK recycled 10% more paper.
- The most recycled item in the US is aluminium.
- An aluminium can takes between 200 and 500 years to decompose.
- ‘Wishcycling’ is when we’re throwing items in the recycling bin with the hope of them being recyclable, even if we don’t know whether they are or not. It causes problems down the line and ultimately does more harm than good!
- Recycling 1 aluminium can saves the amount of energy it takes to power a TV for 3 hours.
- Recycling symbols consist of three arrows that form a triangle shape. These ‘Mobius loops’ were designed by a 23-year-old college student in the late 1960s to 1970.
- When an aluminium can is recycled, it can be back on the shelves in as little as 2 months.
- Bangladesh was the first country in the world to ban thinner plastic bags in 2002 after they blocked the drainage system.
- Two-thirds of plastic in the sea comes from litter left on the beach and washed down drains/toilets, as well as from poorly managed landfill sites.
- A person throws away an average of 74 kg of uneaten food each year.
- Making aluminium cans from recycled metal is 20x more energy efficient than making them from scratch.
- On average, 24 trees are required to make 1 tonne of paper.
- A forest the size of Wales is needed to produce the amount of paper we use in the UK each year.
- A shocking 91% of plastic isn’t recycled.
- The UK construction industry produces 100 million tonnes of waste per year.
- UPVC is non-biodegradable and will sit in landfills for centuries, but it can be recycled up to 10 times.
- Both glass and metal can be recycled infinitely.
- In the UK, approximately 67% of glass is recycled. For metal, this figure is approximately 70%.
- Meanwhile, approximately 80% of paper and cardboard is recycled.
- The average person in the UK throws away their own body weight in rubbish every seven weeks.
- Only 7.5% of office waste is recycled.
- Recycling one tonne of paper saves enough water and electricity to run the average 3-bedroom house for a year.
- Each Christmas, 227,000 miles of wrapping paper are used on average in the UK. This is almost enough to reach the moon.
- The average household uses over 200 aluminium cans per year.
- Approximately 5 litres of water are required to produce just one sheet of A4 paper.
- Paper accounts for around 70% of office waste.
- It takes around 500 years for disposable nappies to decompose.
- We throw away around 1 and a half million edible bananas every day in the UK.
- The most recycled metal in the world is steel.
- Germany recycles more than any other country in the world.
- In the UK, more than 20,000 tonnes of batteries end up in landfills.
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