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

 

Zero Waste Week 2012

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Welcome to the fifth National Zero Waste Week which asks every one of us to slim our bins.

This year’s theme is ‘One More Thing‘ which reminds us that the collective impact of taking baby steps can add up to significant change.  This year we’re focusing on improving our recycling habits because if every household in England recycled ‘one more thing’, the total amount collected for recycling could increase by more than three quarters of a million tonnes.

Sign up on founder Mrs Green’s website and pledge just one change in your waste habits.  And see her top tips:

If you’re just starting to recycle: Beginner’s tips for household recycling
If you’re already recycling: Further steps to reduce your household waste
If you’re a committed Zero Waster: Recycling for Pro’s

Or find out how she took Jeremy Irons naked shopping for his film Trashed.  Not shopping naked yet?  Mrs. Green Reveals all. 

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