Top 10 Wacky Waste Facts
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meadow Top 10 Wacky Waste Facts! We use over six billion glass bottles and jars each year. It would take you over three and a half thousand years to sing "Six Billion Green Bottles"! Every year we need a forest the size of Wales to provide all the paper we use in Britain. Each year in Britain, we throw away 28 million tonnes of rubbish from home. This weighs the same as three and a half million double decker buses. A queue of buses that long would go around the world one and a half times. An average person throws away 74 kg of organic waste each year, which is the same as 1077 banana skins. The amount of waste paper buried each year would fill 103,448 double decker buses, which if parked nose to tail would go all the way from London to Milan. Each year food shops give away enough carrier bags to cover the whole of London with a layer of bags. Every day 80 million food and drinks cans end up in landfill (being buried) - that's one and a half cans per person. In a year, each person could fill a bath with the contents of these cans! We fill about 300 million square metres of land with rubbish every year, that's the same as covering the pitch at Old Trafford, Manchester United Football Club's ground, 28,450 times. To walk around the pitch that many times would take you from midnight on 1st January until midday on May 5th! One million tonnes of nappies are thrown away every year, that's 8 million nappies every day. Each child uses a total of 5850 nappies in their lifetime; that weights the same as an average family car! In the 1950's the world made less than 5 million tonnes of plastic products. This has increased to about 80 million tonnes today. We produce and use 20 times more plastic today than we did 50 years ago!