Reduce My Rubbish
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Plastic Pollution is a serious problem for our oceans and local environments. One way you can combat plastic waste is to reduce the amount of single-use plastics that you use. From reusable cups to shampoo bars, you can reduce your plastic consumption in so many ways.
Here are 3 easy ways to reduce your single-use plastic use:
The average UK household uses around 500 plastic bottles per year, but only recycles just over half of them.
Bottles make up 67% of household plastic packaging collections, including soft drinks, cosmetics and household and cleaning products. That’s 21 million bottles collected for recycling, which is only 58% of the plastic bottles that are used in households!
ALL types of plastic bottles can be recycled, including those used for cosmetics, shampoo, shower gel, juice, water, fizzy drinks, squash and more!
In Norfolk you can also recycle plastic pots, tubs, trays and punnets, that’s packaging items such as yoghurt pots, ice cream and margarine tubs, meat trays and fruit punnets. Just remove any shrink wrap and film and any absorbent packing or bubble wrap material.
Norfolk’s PET plastic bottles and HDPE milk bottles are currently recycled to make new food grade rPET and rHDPE bottles – making it a closed loop system.
Please make sure any plastic container or bottle is clean, dry and loose (not bagged) before it goes in your recycling bin.
Recycling decreases the need for raw materials, which helps save energy and carbon emissions:
Plastics can be recycled into so many items! Clothing, t-shirts, toys, chairs and tables, headphones, kitchen utensils, paint pots, car parts, soft cuddly toys, filling for duvets and sleeping bags, pens and pencils, building materials such as fencing, flooring, piping, etc, garden furniture, buckets and of course, more plastic packaging … the possibilities are endless!
Did you know your favourite team maybe wearing football kits made from recycled plastic bottles?
How many bottles, on average it takes;