We have only one world to live on and 7 billion people to share it with. All of these people create a large amount of waste every day. Reducing our footprint on the planet by recycling and reusing is crucial, and in order to make a real difference, everybody has to take responsibility for their actions.
One theatre company has done just that: Theatre-Rites with their latest production, appropriately named Rubbish, explores the value of discarded objects, literally turning the contents of a dustbin into beautifully crafted puppets. Rubbish is here with us for May Half-Term on Saturday 24 & Sunday 25 May, and to celebrate their arrival, here are some mind-blowing facts about recycling that will get you thinking before you bin:
1) Using recycled glass uses 40% less energy than making new ones from all new materials. Glass takes up to 4000 years to decompose in a landfill yet can be recycled indefinitely.
2) Each tonne of recycled paper can save 17 trees, 380 gallons of oil, 3 cubic yards of landfill space, 4000 KW of energy and 7000 gallons of water, and yet the amount of waste paper buried each year would fill 103,448 double decker buses.
3) 70% less energy is required to recycle paper compared with making it from raw materials.
4) 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 Royal Albert Hall in London. Every eight months it would fill Lake Windermere, the largest and deepest lake in England.
5) A single recycled tin can would save enough energy to power a television for 3 hours.
6) The energy saved from recycling one plastic bottle will power a 60w light bulb for 6 hours!
7) An average person throws away 74kg of food waste each year, which is the same as 1077 banana skins.
8) On average every person in the UK throws away their own body weight in rubbish every seven weeks.
9) Incinerating 10,000 tonnes of waste creates one job, landfilling the same amount of waste creates six jobs, but recycling the same 10,000 tonnes creates 36 jobs.
10) It takes between 400 and 500 years for a Styrofoam cup to decompose. It takes an orange peel six months to decompose.
To find out more about Rubbish and to book tickets, click here.
Allison Gold, Marketing Assistant, The Albany