7 million tonnes of food and drink goes in the bin. Cutting out food waste create the same reduction in carbon emissions as taking 1 in 4 cars off the road. WRAP

83per cent of sofas are not re-used. Just doubling the number of sofas re-used, could save 52,000 tonnes of CO2 WRAP

Between 25-40% of UK fruit and vegetable crops are rejected by supermarkets and end up in landfill. Tristram Stuart

Between 2012 and 2020 an estimated £7 billion of precious metal will be sent to landfill in the UK’s electronic waste WRAP

12 billion pounds worth of useable food is wasted in the UK - or about 20 million tonnes. Meanwhile 4 million people in the UK suffer from malnutrition. Tristram Stuart

Nearly 25 per cent of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) that's taken to landfill could be reused , worth around £200m gross a year. WRAP

The average family throws away £50 of good food every month WRAP


Find out where your bring banks are and use them

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Kerbside recycling collections can be limited which is why it’s good to be familiar with your local Bring Banks.

Bring Banks are recycling areas dotted around that provide containers for certain recyclable materials.

You’ll find them outside pubs, supermarkets or other council-owned areas and you might be surprised to learn what is nearby!

This really is a postcode lottery, so just because your friend on one side of the country can recycle certain things locally, you will need to find out what is available to you.

Over on the Recycle Now website you can type in your postcode and you’ll see a map of where you live surrounded by blue ‘bins’. These bins indicate your nearest Bring Banks, along with details of what you can recycle there.

Don’t just type in your home postcode – think of regular errands you make; visiting family, taking your kids to clubs or driving to work – is there anywhere on the way to these places you could use too?

Once you’ve found out what you can recycle locally, get together some suitable containers and start using your local Bring Banks!


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