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Why should I recycle?

There are LOTS of reasons. Here are a few:

  • 95% less energy is used to recycle an aluminium can than making it from raw materials (excluding transport). *
  • Glass can be recycled again and again, but if it ends up in landfills, it will never decompose.
  • Recycling paper needs up to 70% less energy and produces up to 95% less air pollution than if it was made from trees (excluding transport). *
  • Plastics are almost always made from fossil fuels – of which there is a limited supply on Earth – and it can take up to 500 years for plastic to decompose so it makes sense to recycle it.

* Source: Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology Postnote, December 2005