Although this blog is about renewable energy and not environmental issues like littering, we couldn’t help but bring this BBC story to your attention.
The UK’s Royal Mail gets through 2 million rubber bands every day, and in the past 5 years has spent nearly £5 million on four billion rubber bands.
The bands, which are used to bundle letters together, are very often discarded.
In 2009, Keep Britain Tidy received 13,000 discarded rubber bands from a collection which they delivered back to the Royal Mail.
It’s a great story – the numbers and costs involved immense.
Interestingly, Royal Mail reckon they use a bio-degradeable elastic band and that most bands are re-used.
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