Why recycle plastic?

Plastic bottles are made from oil - a fossil fuel that will one day run out. It is important to make use of materials like plastics that can be recycled and re-used, rather than continually exploiting the fossil fuels used to make them in the first place.
In Britain we throw away about 513,000 tonnes of plastic bottles every year - that is around 8 billion bottles! Many of these end up in landfill where, because plastic bottles are very light but very bulky, they take up lots of space; however, 58% of household plastic bottles were recycled in 2012 (source: recoup.org)
Plastic bottle recycling helps to stop all these bottles being dumped into landfill sites and means the plastic they are made from can be used to make new products. All sorts of amazing products can be made from recycled plastic bottles, including fleece jackets!
Click here to find out more about recycling plastic, or click here to find out more about different types of plastic packaging and the plastics sorting process.

Pledge 4 Plastics Campaign

Pledge 4 Plastics, which launched at the beginning of September 2014, is a new government backed campaign created to significantly increase the collection of plastic packaging for recycling.
Knowing that five billion plastic bottles were sent to UK landfill sites in 2013, the campaign has joined forces with interior designer Abigail Ahern to urge people to make a promise to recycle just one extra plastic bottle per household each week.
Visit www.pledge4plastics.co.uk to find out more.
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