Recycle More This World Cup

- Tuesday, June 24, 2014

While enjoying the World Cup, remember to support the environment as well as your team by recycling all that you can.

The World Cup... It's one of the greatest shows on the planet, full of skill and passion, glory and controversy. More than a quarter of a billion people worldwide will watch the action from Brazil and millions of us in the United States will join them.

If you're planning a World Cup party or big-match barbecue , or even just giving the oven a rest and ordering a delivery pizza to enjoy while you're watching a game, one thing's for sure – all these World Cup celebrations will create lots of extra waste, the majority of which can be recycled.

There are a lot of items you can recycle quickly and easily, including drink cans, plastic bottles, glass bottles and jars, foil trays, cardboard boxes and takeaway cartons. Perhaps you can practice before the big match? Look for recycle bins and make use of them when disposing of your trash.

All you have to do is make sure it's clean and then put it in your recycling bin. It will take seconds to do but will save a lot more than you think!

What happens to your recycling?

Aluminum cans are 100% recyclable; they can be recycled again and again and can be back on the shelf within 60 days! One soda can, over the cycle of a year, can be recycled eight times. This saves enough energy to make another 160 cans.

It takes a quarter of the energy to make a plastic bottle from recycled plastic as it does from new materials making it worthwhile recycling those extra bottles.

You might be surprised at what recyclable items can be turned into:

  • glass bottles can be turned back into more bottles and jars again and again
  • 25 drinks bottles can become a fleece jacket
  • plastic bottles can be turned into new park benches.  

Some info from Wyre Council UK