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25 plastic bottles = 1 fleece jacket. Recycling: the facts

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So you’ve got a recycling routine that works for you. You know it like the back of your hand and there’s not one empty plastic bottle or can in sight in the kitchen that isn’t waiting to be collected for recycling. The job is done! But is it really?

Now in its twelfth year, Recycle Week – which runs from June 22nd to June 28th – is focusing on ‘recycling around the home’.

There are lots of items that people can recycle from all around the house that they might not previously have thought about recycling.

One of the rooms that has a lot of easily recyclable products in, is the bathroom. There are toothpaste boxes, toilet roll tubes, plastic shampoo and conditioner bottles and shower gel containers.

Plastic is one of the most popular and useful materials of modern times; we now use about 20 times more plastic than we did 50 years ago.

Over the past decade, the UK alone has recycled an astonishing 50 billion plastic drinks bottles – enough, laid end-to-end, to stretch to the moon and back more than 10 times over!

For LINPAC, most of its plastic products are manufactured from up to 95% post consumer recycled PET (so produced from recycled materials) and are then fully recyclable alongside standard fizzy bottles at the end of their service life.

 Facts for plastic recycling*

  • Recycled plastic bottles can be turned into all kinds of things – even fleece jackets!
  • It takes 25 recycled drinks bottles to make a fleece jacket
  • Recycled plastics bottle can enjoy a new life as park benches, seating or tables
  • It takes 75% less energy to make a plastic bottle from recycled plastic compared with using ‘virgin’ materials
  • We now recycle more than 50% of the UK’s plastic drinks bottles
  • Recycled plastic bottles (clear PET), at today’s prices, fetch around £200-£300 per tonne
  • Almost 50% of all UK households have access to a plastic pot, tub and tray kerbside collection scheme
  • 65% of UK local authorities provide a collection for plastic bottles as part of their bring service
  • 55,493 tonnes of plastics packaging were collected through bring schemes
  • More than 285,000 tonnes, or 6,288,502,000 (6.28 billion) household plastic bottles are not recycled – this cost local councils £24.3m in disposal costs
  • Collection schemes for ‘flexibles’ - plastic films - are gradually being introduced. 70 local authorities (17%) offer a collection scheme, although many of these schemes currently are only able to collect carrier bags
  • 25,000 plastic bottles weigh one tonne
  • Recycling 1 tonne of plastic bottles saves 1.5 tonne of carbon

*facts from WRAP

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