This week marks the start of Recycle week 2014 and the theme this year is all about recycling at home and away.
With the start of the 2014 World Cup there is no doubt that all the celebrations will create loads of extra waste, most of which can be recycled.
Therefore there is no better time to support the environment as well as your team by recycling all you can and in doing so, make your contribution to recycling week.
There are many items that can be recycled quickly and easily, including drink cans, plastic bottles tubs and trays, glass bottles and jars, foil trays, cardboard boxes and takeaway cartons.
Metal is 100% recyclable and can be recycled eight times over the course of one year saving enough energy to make another 160 cans.
Similarly, it takes a quarter of the energy to make a plastic bottle from recycled plastic so recycle all your extra bottles in support of recycle week 2014.
It is important to bear in mind that it’s not only your tins and cans, plastic and glass bottles that can be recycled. Many of us will be purchasing new team football shirts this World Cup and it might be greener than you think. England’s World Cup kit has been made from recycled plastic bottles, so take all your unwanted football shirts to a textile bank near you and support the recycling effort.
Something you might not have thought about recycling is your TV. If you’re thinking of buying a new one to enhance your world cup experience at home make it your goal to recycle the old model.
In addition, one of the biggest contributions you can make towards recycling is to reduce the food you waste.
An overwhelming £12.5 billion worth of food is disposed of in Britain each year. By putting an end to food waste we could avoid around 17 million tonnes of carbon dioxide being emitted each year, this is the equivalent of taking 1 in 4 cars off of UK roads.
There are many ways in which you can make a positive contribution to recycle week, many of which you might not have thought about before.
Get involved and do your bit for recycle week 2014!
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