What you didn't know about recycling...

  • Recycling plastic saves twice as much energy as burning it in an incinerator (1)

  • Plastic shopping bags can be returned to your supermarket for recycling (1)

  • When you put materials into your recycling bin, you shouldn’t put them in a plastic bag. For safety reasons, staff at recycling centres won’t open plastic bags, so your recycling will end up in landfill (1)

  • The energy saved by recycling one plastic drink bottle will power a computer for 25 minutes (1)

  • The rings from bottle necks and six-pack holders need to be cut when you dispose of them to reduce harm to animals. 

  • Tie the tops of plastic bags up when disposing of them to prevent them blowing away (1)

  • Every year more than 8 million tones of rubbish is dumped into the world's oceans. This is the equivalent to 16 shopping bags full of rubbish for every metre of coastline (excluding Antarctica). By 2025 we will be putting enough plastics in our oceans to cover 5% of the earth's entire surface in cling film (2)

  • It takes 25 two litre plastic bottles to make an adult fleece jacket (1) 

  • Plasic contaminants in the ocean are often mistaken by turtles, whales and seabirds for food which they ingest and cannot break down. They think they are full as their stomachs are full and eventually starve. They also get entangled in rubbish. 

  • Marine rubbish, mostly plastics are estimated to kill more than a million seabirds and

  • 100, 000 mammals every year (1)


(1) http://www.cleanup.org.au/PDF/au/cua_plastic_recycling_fact_sheet.pdf
(2) http://theconversation.com/eight-million-tonnes-of-plastic-are-going-into-the-ocean-each-year-37521
(3) http://www.zerowaste.sa.gov.au/upload/facts-sheets/RecycleRight-plastics-fact-sheet.pdf
(4) http://business.edf.org/files/2014/03/starbucks-report-april2000.pdf
(5) http://www.environment.gov.au/node/21324
(6) http://www.marineconservation.org.au/pages/plastic-pollution.html


Anna Jane Linke