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QUIZ: How Many Of These Simple Recycling Facts Do You Know?

Think you’re fairly green? Let’s find out…

EARLIER ON THIS week, we gave you the low-down on how to recycle properly – including some pretty stark stats on how many Irish people are actually doing it wrong.

Though we can be proud of how many of us here in Ireland try to recycle, it’s an unfortunate truth that much of this ultimately goes to waste due to contaminated materials in the green bin. One bad apple, and all that.

To celebrate Repak Recycling Week 2016, we wanted to come back to quiz you on what you learnt.

No pressure…

1. What percentage of household waste is cardboard and paper?

2. How long does it take a plastic bag to break down when buried in the ground?
5 years
50 years

500 years
1500 years
3. Can you place items such as food cans and biscuit tins in the household recycling bin?
4. How many times can glass be recycled?
Up to 10 times
Just once

Forever - it never wears out
100 times
5. Fill in the blank. Recycling a glass jar saves enough energy to power a TV for ____ minutes.

6. What is one of the most common forms of recycling contamination?
Containers half-full of food
Dirty nappies

Not rinsing recycled material
All of the above
7. True or false. One piece of office paper can be recycled seven times.
Answer all the questions to see your result!
You scored out of !
You got... Green machine
You aced it. Well done. But don't forget to make sure you're rinsing all your recycling to ensure it's not contaminated.
Share your result:
You scored out of !
You got... Green fingers
Fair play. You're doing OK - but there's room for improvement. Make sure the recycling you put in the green bin isn't contaminated so it can go on to great things.
Share your result:
You scored out of !
You got... Green thumbs down
Ah here. Recycling is really important and of benefit to the entire world - make sure what you put into the green bin isn't contaminated so it can go on to great things.
Share your result:

Save our nation from contamination. Visit to find out exactly what you can put into your recycling bin. Change for the better and recycle – just make sure you’re doing it right. #cutoutcontamination 

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