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Wednesday, 12 June 2013

Get Recycling

 This year recycle week is celebrating its 10th anniversary and is going to be bigger and better than ever. Running from 17th – 23rd June this year’s theme is ‘Recycle at home and away’. It has never been easier to recycle when you’re out and about as most venues and high streets have recycling bins available.

The recyclable materials that are being focused on during this recycle week are plastics, food waste, packaging, metals and textiles. Clothing and textiles are currently being recycled enough and it is estimated that £140millions worth of used textiles and up in landfill every year. Over the past decade, the UK has recycled an astonishing 50 billion plastic drinks bottles – enough to stretch to the moon and back more than 10 times over!

As a nation we are now recycling more than ever as councils are increasing the amount they collect from our doorsteps. Now around 50% of plastic bottles now being recycled which is great news, but that means that 50% of plastic bottles are still going into landfill. The aim of recycle week is to encourage us all to go that step further and recycle everything we can. Over the last 10 years we have recycle £339 billion worth of plastic.

Metal drinks can are 100% recyclable and a single metal drinks can could be recycled eight times in the space of a year, saving enough energy to make 160 new cans. Recycled plastic bottles can be turned into lots of different things. For example 25 plastic bottles is all it takes to make one fleece jacket.

To find out what you can recycle in your local area, what happens to your recycling and for more information on what the different recycling symbols mean take a look at the Recycle Now website which if full or helpful information.

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