UK households produced 30.5 million tonnes of waste in 2003/04, of which we only collected 17% for recycling. (source: defra.gov.uk)
This figure is still quite low compared to some of our neighbouring
EU countries. Some recycling over 50% of their waste. Furthermore we can still recycle a great deal of waste. This 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:
- A single 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.
- An individual recycled plastic bottle would save enough energy to power a 60-watt light bulb for 3 hours.
- It requires 70% less energy to recycle paper compared with making it from raw materials.
- It’s possible to recycle up to 60% of the rubbish that ends up in the dust bin.
- The unreleased energy contained in the average dust bin each year. Could power a television for 5,000 hours.
- You could fill the largest lake in the Britain with rubbish from the UK in 8 months.
- On average, 16% of the money you spend on a product pays for the packaging, which ends up as rubbish.
- Its possible to compost as much as 50% of waste in the average dust bin.
- You can recycle up to 80% of a vehicle.
- 9 out of 10 people would recycle more if it was easier.
At A Brunton we are strongly focused on recycling. Above all helping and advising customers to meet recycling targets and objectives. Whilst also reducing volumes of waste going to landfill as a result.
A Brunton can manage all your recyclable and recoverable waste streams. We can also recommend how to increase the volume of waste you are currently recycling. Furthermore we can provide figures on the associated cost savings.
We can collect different recyclables on the same vehicle. Due to all our materials coming back to our site in Bridlington. As a result this benefits our customers not having to store large quantities of material.
What can we recycle?
A. Brunton can manage and handle all grades of both Ferrous and Non Ferrous metals. This is undertaken through associated partners.
- The UK produces 24 million tonnes of aluminium yearly.
- 51,000 tonnes of which ends up as packaging in the UK.
- If we recycled all cans in the UK, we would need 14 million fewer dust bins.
- We throw away £36,000,000 worth of aluminium each year.
- Aluminium cans if recycled can be ready to use in 6 weeks.
Plastics are still primarily used for packaging. As a result in this respect experience strong consumer attention. We are an accredited processor of plastics. Handling all types from post consumer, post industrial and production stock materials.
- The UK uses 275,000 tonnes of plastic each year, 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. This can encompass solid fibreboard like the material used to make cereal boxes. Likewise 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 each year 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.
- 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.