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Good Reasons Why

  •  Plastic bottles are valuable. During 2012, the equivalent of £25 million of household plastic bottles were thrown away in landfill sites, representing a significant loss of such a valuable resource.
  • Increasing plastic bottle recycling leads to job creation in environmental industries. The development of an effective recycling infrastructure within the UK will lead to the development of job opportunities within a wide range of industries, from the waste management sector through to product development, manufacture and marketing.
  • Local authorities are obliged to increase recovery, recycling and composting of household waste to reach mandatory Government targets. Despite their lightweight nature, it has been proven that the addition of plastic bottles to existing recycling schemes increases the overall material yield, leading to greater recycling rates and the quicker achievement of recycling targets.
  •  Recycling reduces landfill requirements, thus increasing the life of landfill sites and cutting disposal costs. Landfill costs are set to rapidly increase over coming years.
  • Plastic bottle recycling provides a valuable public service. The public want to recycle plastics and there is high demand for this service. It also generates good publicity for recycling and the organisations involved.
  • 11% of household waste is plastic, 40% of which is bottles. More specifically, 3% of household waste by weight is plastic bottles (approx 525,000 tonnes/year in the UK). They are easy for the public to identify and remove from the residual waste stream.
  • Recycling 1 tonne of plastic bottles save 1.5 tonne of carbon. Recycling plastic bottles decreases the need for raw materials and saves energy.

 

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