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Only True Friends To The Earth Will Get 9/12 On This Quiz

Have you bin recycling properly? HA.

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  1. Let's start with an easy one: Can you recycle aluminium drinks cans?
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    Yep
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    No – sorry, hun
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    You can recycle Aluminium drinks cans.

    Yep! These ones are easy to recycle – just give them a quick wash out and then chuck them in your bin.

  2. What about cling film?
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    Yep
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    Nope!
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    You cannot recycle cling film. :(

    Eeek, this one is an easy mistake to make, but unfortunately cling film is not yet recyclable.

  3. Can you recycle plastic milk bottles?
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    Yep!
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    Nah, sorry
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    You can recycle plastic milk bottles!

    You definitely can recycle your plastic milk bottles! Prep them for the bin by rinsing them out, leaving the labels and lids on, and squashing the bottles to save a bit of space.

  4. And toothpaste tubes?
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    Yep!
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    Nope
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    Unfortunately, you can't recycle toothbrush tubes.

    They're just too difficult to clean out and can cause cross-contamination in the sorting process!

  5. Which of these items should you take to a local recycling centre?
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    Brown paper
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    Light bulbs
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    Shower gel bottles
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    Bleach bottles
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    Light bulbs should be taken to your local recycling centre!

    You can recycle glass bottles of any colour and food jars at home – however, light bulbs and neon tubes need to be taken to a local recycling centre.

  6. Which is the most recycled metal in the UK?
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    Steel
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    Aluminium
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    Iron
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    Copper
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    Steel is the most recycled metal in the UK.

    In the UK, we recycle about 75% of steel packaging – and while that is pretty impressive, it still isn't perfect!

  7. If you scrunch paper and it doesn't spring back, you...
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    ...can recycle it!
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    ...can't recycle it
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    You can recycle it! This is called the scrunch test.

    Almost all types of paper will pass the scrunch test and are therefore recyclable! Glitter and metallic shiny papers, however, usually fail the test, so check before you chuck.

  8. True or false: For every tonne of paper recycled, we are saving six trees.
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    True
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    False
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    False! For every tonne of paper recycled, we actually save 17 trees!

    Yup, that's right! Seventeen trees could be saved from just recycling a bit of old paperwork and all that unwanted junk mail! Recycling paper helps to conserve natural resources, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and save energy.

  9. How many tonnes of card packaging are estimated to be used across the UK every festive season?
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    50K
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    100K
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    250K
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    300K
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    400K
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    425K
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    The answer is 300,000!

    Enough to wrap Big Ben approximately 260,000 times!

  10. A Christmas card your neighbour gave you has a glitter section on it. What do you do?
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    Recycle it baby!
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    Chuck it in with the nonrecyclables
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    Tear off the glitter section then recycle the rest
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    Keep it forever
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    Unfortunately glittery paper can't be recycled!

    Glitter can get stuck in the machinery of the recycling plant, so, to be safe, tear off the glitter section of the card and then chuck the rest in the recycling!

  11. Each 500ml bottle that is recycled saves enough energy to make how many rounds of toast?
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    None
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    1
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    2
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    3
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    Each 500ml bottle that is recycled saves enough energy to make three rounds of toast.

    It is estimated that an average of 35.8 million plastic bottles are used EVERY DAY in the UK, with 16 million of these not making it to the recycling bin!

  12. Recycling one empty drinks can saves enough energy to power a TV for how long?
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    30 minutes
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    1 hour
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    2 hours
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    Nearly 4 hours
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    5 hours
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    1 day
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    Recycling one drinks can saves enough energy to power a TV for almost four hours.

    One can of drink recycled = one mega TV binge opportunity.

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