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In the 30 minutes it takes for the London Eye to go round once, Londoners produce rubbish weighing as much as 30 double decker buses!
Recycling has the following benefits:
- It keeps waste out of landfill sites
By reducing, reusing and recycling items we save valuable resources instead of burying them in the ground. This also helps to cut down the number of landfill sites we need and combats climate change by reducing the greenhouse gas methane, which is produced by organic material rotting in landfill sites.
- It saves energy, resources and helps reduce CO2 emissions
Recycling uses less energy than producing new items from scratch. Recycling an aluminium can for example saves 95% of the energy needed to make a completely new can and because we don't have to extract, refine, transport and process the raw materials we also cut CO2 emissions, industrial water usage and air and water pollution.
- It helps to protect natural resources
Recycling reduces the demand for raw materials and provides industry-ready materials without the need for mining, quarrying or logging. Most everyday products can be turned into new things, which allows us to use waste materials again and again. Aluminium for example can be reused indefinitely without losing quality!
- It helps to create jobs
Recycling is good for the economy and represents one of the fastest growing business sectors.
You can come and visit our Materials Recycling Facility (MRF) to watch your recycling being sorted! Click here for details