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Countries Of Top Waste
The average household produces more than a tonne of waste every year – and it’s during the festive period that we waste the most.
But which country produces the most waste in a single day? We’ve worked with eC02Greetings to find out.
The top producers in the developed world are:
- New Zealand
- United States
In particular, during the festive season, we create 30 percent more waste than usual. Everything from cards and envelopes, wrapping paper, boxes from biscuits and chocolates, shopping bags, wine bottles and toy packaging – on average, each household will chuck out an extra five bags of waste over Christmas, adding up to 736,571 tonnes of refuse every year.
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But just how wasteful are we at Christmas?
- 300,000 tonnes of card packaging is used at Christmas; enough to cover London’s famous landmark, Big Ben, almost 260,000 times.
- 1 billion cards end up in the bin, when they could be recycled.
- The amount of wrapping paper used for presents is enough to wrap around the equator 9 times.
- 227,000 miles of wrapping paper is thrown away.
You can view the interactive infographic below.