Britain has less than 10 percent of domestic waste that is recycled while the rest is reprocessed and buried in landfill sites. But countries in Europe manage to recycle well over 50 percent of their waste (70 percent in Flanders, Belgium).
Every bit of recycled paper helps to supply 37 percent of the raw materials used in making new paper products in the U.S. Every ton of office paper recycled saves 24 trees.
By recycling one plastic bottle saves anywhere from 100 to 1000 years in the landfill.
For every one ton of plastic that is recycled we save the equivalent of two people’s energy use for one year, the amount of water used by one person in two month’s time and almost 2,000 pounds of oil.
Approximately 60 percent of the rubbish thrown away today can be recycled.
Here are some pictures showing the way we dump our garbage: