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23 September 2018



How many times have you heard the following phrases? 

  • “Recycling doesn’t actually make a difference.”
  • “Me not recycling this drinks can isn’t going to have any impact.”
  • “Recycling is too time consuming.”


A few times we bet. Of course here at J&B Recycling we’re always going to encourage you to recycle, but in this edition of Waste Matters we wanted to give you the cold hard facts about what we do, what we recycle and why it’s so important.


Read this and you’ll never put a plastic bottle in the general waste bin again.



J&B recovers over 12,000 tonnes of empty plastic bottles and trays for recycling each year. This is equivalent to over 600 million plastic bottles, which if not recycled could end up in landfill taking somewhere around 500 years to decompose.

Just one recycled plastic bottle can save enough energy to power a 60-watt light bulb for three hours, and when you consider that most families throw away about 40kg of plastic per year, that is enough power for a lot of lightbulbs.

Plastic bottles can also be reprocessed into other materials. The fashion industry has developed ways of turning plastic into clothing, with around 10 bottles making enough plastic fibre to make a new t-shirt.


J&B currently recovers over 1% of all the aluminium packaging used in the UK each year. This saves over 7,800,000 kWh of electricity a year compared to making cans out of virgin materials.

To put that in context, by recycling one aluminium can, you’re helping to save enough energy to power a 100-watt lightbulb for 4 hours or run a television for 3 hours.


Glass is 100% recyclable and can be recycled again and again without effecting its quality. Glass that isn’t recovered for recycling may end up in landfills where it  takes over 4000 years to decompose.


Each year J&B recovers around 21,000 tonnes of glass bottles and jars for recycling which is equivalent to around 83 million 330ml bottles.

Using recycled glass in the production process compared to creating virgin glass, saves enough energy to power over 1700 computers for an hour.

Paper and cardboard

Over 3000 tonnes of paper and cardboard are recovered for recycling by J&B each month. That’s enough paper a year to save over 500,000 trees from being cut down.

For businesses that use a lot of paper daily, recycling isn’t just good for corporate social responsibility, it’s good business sense.

Using recycled paper is both an environmental friendly and cheaper alternative, and the switch will see businesses benefit financially.



Overall, In the UK, over 10 million tonnes of waste is recycled each year. Taking away that amount of carbon emissions, a year has the same impact as taking 3.5 million cars off the road. 

So instead of asking ‘what difference does it really make?’ Let’s start asking how we can do more.

To learn more about how to recycle more within your organisation, contact us here.

If you would like to make an enquiry or if you require further information please contact us.

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