Royal Mail’s £5million spend on rubber bands

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.

photo credit: mykl roventine

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