Why recycle plastic?

All sorts of amazing products can be made from recycled plastic bottles, including fleece jackets!

Plastic Recycling Stops Bottles Being Dumped in Landfill

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.


Nearly 8 Billion Bottles are Thrown Away Every Year in Britain!

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.

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Pledge 4 Plastics

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.

Brits are binning 15 million plastic bottles every single day, despite the fact they can be transformed, through recycling, into a range of surprising items.

To tackle this, Pledge 4 Plastics – a national initiative aiming to boost plastics recycling – has released a short animated video revealing the ‘secret lives’ of plastics after being recycled. View the video here.

Visit www.pledge4plastics.co.uk to find out more.

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