Eco Champion Trail

Eco Champion Trail #4 Plastic

Plastic

#4 Plastic Waste.

Today we make and use 20 times more plastic than we did 50 years ago and that plastic can take up to 500 years to fully decompose.

Virtually every piece of plastic that was ever made still exists in some shape or form (with the exception of the small amount that has been incinerated).

Unless we change our plastic use (and we need to!) in 20 years we will have doubled our current plastic use.

From October 2019 Pembrokeshire County Council will collect and recycle ALL plastics (except black plastic and plastic films) from the kerb side EVERY WEEK and will provide each home with a sack to store their plastic in.

Recycling plastic is a better option than sending it to landfill, but producing that plastic item in the first place is still a huge pressure on our natural resources. Even with increased/improved recycling opportunities now available in Pembrokeshire, you should always try to Reduce or Re-use first.

Only put black plastic and films in your black bags.

Plastic Facts

·        275,000 tonnes of plastic are used each year in the UK. That is around 15 million bottles per day which are classed as 'single use'. Sadly only around half of them are recycled.

·        The average household in the UK uses 480 plastic bottles each year, with only 270 of them being recycled (which means 44% are sent to landfill).

·        Most households throw away at least 40kg of plastic each year, which is enough to make 10 recycle bins.

·        17 billion plastic carrier bags are used by supermarket customers every year - that's 290 bags per person!

Question #4: How many single-use plastic bottles are used in the average UK household every year?

Make a note of your answer and continue the Eco Champion Trail.

ID: 5058, revised 14/05/2019