The UK uses a woodland the size of Wales every year in card and paper usage…that’s over 12.5 million tonnes…which is the equivalent weight of around 260 cruise ships. Paper and card account for 1/5 of all waste produced in the UK. However, paper is still one of the most recycled materials in the UK, and over 2/3 of it is recycled.
Pembrokeshire County Council provides every home with a box to store their paper and card in and they collect them EVERY WEEK from your kerb-side before bulking them and sending them off to be recycled in Wales.
· The average family in the UK throws away 6 trees worth of card and paper every year.
· It takes 24 trees to make just 1 tonne of newspaper and takes one tree to make 230 average sized newspapers/magazines.
· On a typical Sunday nearly 90% off newspapers are thrown away in Britain. This is the equivalent of throwing half a million trees into landfill.
· The amount of waste paper sent to landfill each year would fill 103,000 double decker buses.
· Each tonne of recycled paper will save 3 cubic meters of landfill space, 4000 KW of energy and 7000 gallons of water.
· If every person in the UK recycled just 10% more paper it would save approximately 5 million trees each year.
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