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Take our quiz to test your recycling knowledge

22 January 2020

Test your recycling knowledge with our fun quiz and see if you really are an eco-warrior (and if you can learn some more about recycling along the way). 

1) Which of these items can NOT be recycled 

a)    Tin foil 
b)    Used pizza boxes 
c)    Batteries 
d)    Glass

2) Old underwear cannot be recycled. True or false?

a)    True
b)    False

3) Which of the following items CAN be recycled?

a)    Bubble wrap
b)    Empty aerosol cans
c)    Sticky notes
d)    Toothpaste tubes

4) What does WEEE stand for?

a)    Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment 
b)    Waste and Environmentally Efficient Electronics 
c)    Water Energy for Efficiency Execution 
d)    Winter Environment for Electrics and Equipment 

5) How much waste goes to UK landfill each year?

a)    100 million tonnes
b)    14 million tonnes
c)    2 million tonnes
d)    35 million tonnes 

6) How much food does the average UK household throw away each year?

a)    £2000 worth 
b)    £100 worth 
c)    £800 worth 
d)    £450 worth 

7) Glass can be recycled an infinite amount of times. True or false?

a)    True
b)    Fasle 

8) How much plastic do we produce each year?

a)    125 million tonnes
b)    800 million tonnes 
c)    50 million tonnes 
d)    300 million tonnes

9) Which country has the best recycling rate?

a)    Wales
b)    Canada
c)    Germany 
d)    Ecuador 

10) Finally, where does England rank on the world recycling chart?

a)    Number 18
b)    Number 4
c)    Number 38
d)    Number 22


1 – b, used pizza boxes are covered in grease which clogs recycling machinery.
2 – b, it's false. Any old or worn clothing can be recycled. 
3 – b, empty aerosol cans can be recycled. 
4 – a, WEEE stands for Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment.
5 – b, around 14million tonnes of waste is sent to landfill each year.
6 – c, the average UK household throws away around £800 worth of food each year. 
7 – a, it's true. Glass can be recycled over and over without losing any of its strength. 
8 – d, approximately 300 million tonnes of plastic is produced each year, 50% of which is for single use. 
9 – c, Germany has the best recycling rate in the world at 66.1%. Ecuador has one of the worst at 1.8%. 
10 – a, England is ranked number 18 on the world recycling chart with a 45.2% recycling rate. 

If you'd like to learn more about recycling and how you can do your bit for the planet, contact the experts at W&S Recycling, the South's leading commercial and domestic recycling company offering a wide range of services. Simply call us on 01202 675564 and we'll be happy to help. 




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