HIPPO shows positive impact of recycling one bag of clothes

New data from waste removal experts HIPPO reveals the positive impact Brits could make by recycling their clothes just once a year. Research shows if every household recycled one black sack of textiles in 2024, the UK could save enough carbon to heat over 400,000 homes.

The data also shows that this simple approach to recycling would save over a million tonnes of CO2 emissions in one year alone. This is more than each of the annual emissions of Newcastle Upon Tyne, Nottingham, St Albans and Brighton & Hove.

The staggering statistics, which underline how much can be achieved to tackle climate change through collective action, have been highlighted by HIPPO.

But HIPPO is saying that while combatting CO2 emissions remained high on people’s agendas, many people are still not confident when tackling the topic of recycling. According to the latest Government figures, the rate of recycling in UK households had flatlined to around 45%, which is significantly lower than the Government’s target of reaching 65% by 2035.

Gareth Lloyd-Jones, HIPPO’s MD, said: “It may be considered cumbersome at first, but once people understand what can and cannot be recycled, it’s easier to factor into daily routines, and even the smallest changes can make a significant impact. Better recycling of waste from the outset is not only integral to helping reduce carbon emissions but streamlining the waste management process.

“There are also economic benefits to recycling – it is more cost-effective for councils and businesses to dispose of recycled waste than general waste, saving vital money that can be spent on other services. HIPPOBAGS help further ease the process because not only are they flat packed for easy storage, we ensure that more than 95% of the rubbish is recycled.”

Over 95% of rubbish collected by HIPPO is recycled, diverting it from landfill. In comparison, the company has reduced its carbon footprint by 34% within six years through heavy investment in new vehicles and technology.

HIPPOBAGS are available to buy online at www.hippowaste.co.uk or through the HIPPO App.

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