Royal Mail throws away £3200 worth of rubber bands every day; at least it has over the past five years.
Now I know that sum pales into insignificance when compared to the kind of waste that goes on elsewhere, but it makes you wonder if it's really necessary for these bands to be thrown away by the people who deliver letters. Couldn't they just keep them, and take them back to base?
"..they are biodegradable and are not for repeat use (according to our postie)"
Maybe your postie should think again. According to a Royal Mail spokesperson ""The vast majority of rubber bands are re-used by our people in delivery offices and mail centres across the UK."
If that's true I wonder how many they need - they're spending £1million a year on the things. In any case, why do they need them at all - what did postal delivery people do before these bands came on the scene?