Why we must recycle as much plastic as possible

 

plastic bottle recycling Recycle it! Milk bottle tops

For simplicity lets just look at the plastic bottle.  They are used to package a wide variety of things, from juice to soft drinks, and they play a ubiquitous role in the lives of many consumers, along with other plastic products. With a growing awareness of the environmental issues which surround plastics, many people have become interested in the life cycles of plastic products, from manufacturing to eventual disposition in a landfill or recycling facility. Being aware of the process behind the production of plastics can encourage consumers to think more carefully about how they use and dispose of such plastics. Because plastic bottles are a very visible form of plastic use, plastic bottles make an easy target for activism and education.

The life cycle of a plastic bottle starts, obviously, with the creation of the plastic used to make it. The vast majority of plastic bottles are manufactured from petroleum, which comes from deposits which can be up to three billion years old. Plastics which get sent to landfill are estimated to take between 300 and 1000 years to biodegrade (if they ever do).

Pedro says “Recycle everything, there is no such thing as rubbish it is just waste resources in the wrong place”.

Learn about the recycling schemes where we take materials which the council can not recycle, then recycle them for the financial benefit of Sussex Wildlife Trust, William Penn Primary School in Coolham and WAKOOS nursery for children in Billingshurst.

Learn more about the lifecycle of plastic in this excellent article.

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