General Article 20 facts about waste and recycling

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1. The UK produces more than 100 million tonnes of waste every year; one tonne is about the weight of a small car. In less than two hours, the waste we produce would fill the Albert Hall in London, every eight months it would fill Lake Windermere, the largest and deepest lake in England!

2. On average, each person in the UK throws away their own body weight in rubbish every seven weeks.

3. The average household in the UK produces more than a tonne of waste every year. Put together, this comes to a total of 31 million tonnes per year, equivalent to the weight of three and a half million double-decker buses, a queue of which would go around the world two and a half times.

4. Every year we produce about 3% more waste than the year before. This might not sound like much but, if we carry on at this rate, it means that we will double the amount of waste we produce every 25 years.

5. The average UK family throws away six trees’ worth of paper in their

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