Recycling facts Australia: we all know (or at least the vast majority of us do) that recycling is a good thing for the environment. Many people do not know however, that recycling can also save your business money. Waster is an Australian waste and recycling business for small and medium businesses that puts a real focus on educating and providing info on how you can cut your waste management costs and help the environment at the same time.  For example, we have partnered with TerraCycle to offer recycling boxes for many items such as rubber gloves and coffee pods. Also, check out our blog on resources for students (waste and recycling).


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Recycling facts Australia – how many did you know?


Mr Waster loves lists and he loves recycling – so of course he would like a list of interesting recycling facts Australia. We took these facts from the US website – you can browse loads of varying lists there (if you so like!) – and we quote below:


“In the U.S. alone, over 20 billion diapers are thrown out a year, accounting for over 3.5 million tons of waste.”


“Only about 5% of all plastics in the U.S. are actually recycled.”


It takes 70% less energy to recycle paper than to make it from raw material.


“In the late 1800s, peddlers acted as early recyclers. They would carry sacks of reusable items in their wagons to sell to general stores.”


“A plastic bag from the grocery store takes between 500 and 1,000 years to degrade. (See Redcycle for a great solution to this).”


“There are about 46,000 pieces of plastic floating in every square mile of our oceans.”


“Over 1 million seabirds die each year from ocean pollution.”


“In the “Great Pacific Garbage Patch” located in the Pacific Ocean, for every 2.2 pounds of plankton, there is 13.2 pounds of garbage, including cigarette buts, cans, plastic bags, bottles, Styrofoam, toothbrush, balloons, and more.”


“Every year, over 50 million tons of e-waste (electronic waste, such as computers and cell phone) is created. This is akin to filling a line of garbage trucks halfway across the Earth.”


“Laid end to end, all the aluminum cans recycled world wide in 2010 would circle the Earth 169 times.”


“After getting liposuction, a New Zealand skipper recycled his fat into biofuel to power his eco-boat.”


“In the Pacific Ocean, there is a “Great Pacific Garbage Patch,” which is about the size of Texas. The garbage extends 20 feet (6 meters) down into the water and contains over 3.5 million tons of garbage. It is estimated to double in size in the next 5 years.”

Recycling facts Australia garbage

Mr Waster is intrigued by the Great Pacific Garbage patch and will expand on it in future blogs.