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Last Updated: Thursday September 05 2002 14:33 GMT

Tips for staying green

A rubbish tip

The UK produces enough waste in less than two hours to fill London's Albert Hall.

Britons throw away an average of seven times their own body weight in rubbish every year.

Recycling one aluminium can saves enough energy to power a TV for three hours.

If these facts scare you, we've come up with some easy ways for you to do your bit to help save the planet...

  • Recycle glass bottles, jars, newspapers and magazines and tin cans. Save them and take them to local recycling centres.
  • Re-use plastic shopping bags and envelopes, don't get new ones.
  • Persuade your mum or dad (or whoever does the gardening) to have a compost heap.
  • Put a brick in a plastic bag into your toilet cistern, so the toilet uses less water each time you flush.
  • Use paper on both sides.
  • Try to buy products that don't use much packaging.
  • Give unwanted gifts and clothes to a charity shop.
  • Only fill the kettle up with the amount of water you need to boil that time.
  • Don't leave the TV or video on standby. If you get a lift to school in a car, take your mates along for the ride.
  • Switch lights off when you're not in the room.
  • Get a clockwork mobile phone recharger.
  • Cycle to places!
  • Have showers instead of baths.

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