By martinvale, Nov 16 2015 05:19PM
Ever wondered what happens when you hand your Vynalast plastic over to the binmen for recycling? Well, now you can find out thanks to national plastics recycling body Pledge 4 Plastics.
The group has just released an educational video showing the secrete life recycled plastic so people can find out just what happens and where it all goes – and what it all gets turned into.
It shows how it can be turned into chairs, toys, ornaments, number plates and even clothes, giving all your plastic a brand new lease of life.
According to Pledge 4 Plastics, it takes 75 per cent less energy to make a plastic bottle using recycled plastic than it does if you were to use so-called ‘virgin’ materials to do so. What’s more, recycling a tone of plastic bottles means that three-quarters of a tonne of carbon is saved.
You’ll also be helping the local economy if you decide to recycle more of your plastic, since it can cost up to £78 million to dispose of tubs, pots, trays and bottles that have not been left out for recycling.
The group went on to observe that recycling has increased but there is a lot more that can be done for the good of the planet. For example, 36 million bottles are used in the UK daily and 15 million are not recycled each and every day – which equates to approximately 500 bottles used per household each year, with only half actually being recycled.
All types of bottles can be recycled, so make sure the ones in your bathroom as well as in the kitchen make it to the recycling bin.