UK households produced 30.5 million tonnes of waste in 2003/04, of which 17% was collected for recycling. (source: defra.gov.uk) This figure is still quite low compared to some of our neighboring EU countries, some recycling over 50% of their waste. There is still a great deal of waste which could be recycled that ends up in landfill sites which is harmful to the environment.
Recycling is an excellent way of saving energy and conserving the environment. Did you know that:
- 1 recycled tin can would save enough energy to power a television for 3 hours.
- 1 recycled glass bottle would save enough energy to power a computer for 25 minutes.
- 1 recycled plastic bottle would save enough energy to power a 60-watt light bulb for 3 hours.
- 70% less energy is required to recycle paper compared with making it from raw materials.
- Up to 60% of the rubbish that ends up in the dust bin could be recycled.
- The unreleased energy contained in the average dust bin each year could power a television for 5,000 hours.
- The largest lake in the Britain could be filled with rubbish from the UK in 8 months.
- On average, 16% of the money you spend on a product pays for the packaging, which ultimately ends up as rubbish.
- As much as 50% of waste in the average dust bin could be composted.
- Up to 80% of a vehicle can be recycled.
- 9 out of 10 people would recycle more if it were made easier.
At A. Brunton we are strongly focused on recycling, helping and advising customers to meet recycling targets and objectives whilst reducing volumes of waste going to landfill.
A. Brunton can advise and manage all your recyclable and recoverable waste streams being produced, we can also recommend how to increase volumes being recycled and provide figures on the associated cost savings.
We can collect different recyclables on the same vehicle as all our materials come back to our site in Bridlington. This benefits our customers by not having to store up large quantities of a particular material.
What can we recycle?
A. Brunton can manage and handle all grades of both Ferrous and Non Ferrous metals through associated partners.
- 24 million tonnes of aluminium is produced annually.
- 51,000 tonnes of which ends up as packaging in the UK.
- If all cans in the UK were recycled, we would need 14 million fewer dust bins.
- £36,000,000 worth of aluminium is thrown away each year.
- Aluminium cans can be recycled and ready to use in just 6 weeks.
Plastics are still primarily used for packaging and in this respect experience strong consumer attention. We are an accredited processor of plastics and handle all types from post consumer, post industrial and production stock materials.
- 275,000 tonnes of plastic are used each year in the UK, that’s about 15 million bottles per day.
- Most families throw away about 40kg of plastic per year, which could otherwise be recycled.
- The use of plastic in Western Europe is growing about 4% each year.
- Plastic can take up to 500 years to decompose.
Cardboard & Paper
A. Brunton can recycle and collect most types of cardboard and paper from local businesses this can encompass solid fibreboard similar to the material used to make cereal boxes or food boxes used to store frozen food. This includes office paper, magazines, print, envelopes and tissue papers.
- Recycled paper produces 73% less air pollution than if it was made from raw materials.
- 12.5 million tonnes of paper and cardboard are used annually in the UK.
- The average person in the UK gets through 38kg of newspapers per year.
- It takes 24 trees to make 1 ton of newspaper.
All types of wood can be recycled including pallets, packing and shipping cases. Recycled wood products can have so many new uses:
- Landscaping products – natural and decorative mulches
- Surfacing material for pathways
- Play surfaces
- Equestrian surfaces
- Animal bedding products – horse bedding, poultry bedding, cattle bedding
- Domestic pet bedding
- Cat litter
- Wood chip for biomass fuel.
- Each UK family uses an average of 500 glass bottles and jars annually.
- The largest glass furnace produces over 1 million glass bottles and jars per day.
- Glass is 100% recyclable and can be used again and again.
- Glass that is thrown away and ends up in landfills will never decompose.