Stat of the day: 2m

The number of red rubber bands the Royal Mail gets through every day.

by Elizabeth Anderson
Last Updated: 09 Oct 2013

Red rubber bands scattered across the pavement after postmen drop them during their rounds is a familiar sight – but now the Daily Telegraph has revealed just how many the Royal Mail is getting through.

According to the figures, the postal service gets through 2m red rubber bands at a cost of £2,840 a day, according to a Freedom of Information request from the Telegraph to the Royal Mail. Over the past five years the organisation has spent almost £5m buying four billion of the distinctive bands used by postmen to bundle up letters and parcels. A bit of a stretch to the public purse, you might say...

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