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

 

Students Save £££s by Going for Zero Waste

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New students this autumn will be able to save money at Zero Waste Free Shops where stuff left at the end of the last academic year will be given away for free.   Its a great idea, stopping verything from duvets to pots and pans from going to landfill by reusing it and saving new students loads of money.

Manchester Metropolitan University launched its Zero Waste Halls Project a few years ago and now cover three halls of accommodation.  In total they’ve recycled over 10 tonnes of waste that would otherwise have ended up in landfill.  Big green  banks were placed outside halls and boxes for electrical equipment, food and cutlery were put inside halls. The group then held two big recycling days to sort through all the materials collected, go through bins and clear out things that were left in flats to make sure than nothing was missed. The project carries on throughout the summer to ensure every last item is recycled.

To find out more contact People and Planet a student network which support students in taking action on world poverty and the environment.  Or see how LSE  and Oxford University made it happen.

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