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Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Reduce – how can you reduce your impact on the environment?
Reduce your food waste – compost more and throw away less
Fact – Every year in the UK we throw away 12.5 billion worth of good food, costing the average family almost 60 a month. Not only is that a waste of money but food waste gives off methane gas which contributes to climate change.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Reuse – Why reuse?
Save energy – a lot of energy goes into making new items so by re-using existing items we can reduce the need to make new ones.
Protect the environment – raw materials are used to make new items.  This creates substantial air and water pollution.  
Help your local community – give to a charitable cause
Reduce landfill waste – in 2001 these sites produced a quarter of the  UK’s emissions of methane which is a powerful greenhouse gas.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Recycle – Why recycle?
If used materials are not recycled, new products are made by extracting fresh, raw material from the earth, through mining and forestry.
Using recycled materials in the manufacturing process uses considerably less energy than that required for producing new products from raw materials – even when comparing all associated costs, like transport.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

As recycling saves energy it also reduces greenhouse gas emissions, which helps to tackle climate change. Current UK recycling is estimated to save more than 18 million tonnes of CO2 a year – the equivalent to taking 5 million cars off the road.
When we recycle, recyclable materials are reprocessed into new products, and as a result the amount of rubbish sent to landfill sites reduces. There are over 1,500 landfill sites in the UK, and in 2001, these sites produced a quarter of the UK’s emissions of methane, a powerful greenhouse gas.