Plastic has many good uses. It can be transformed into all shapes and sizes, and you’ll find it everywhere you go; for example, it’s found in clothing, furniture, containers and children’s toys. However, the problem is that plastic isn’t biodegradable. This means it doesn’t rot, like paper and food waste, and instead, it’s able to persist in the environment for hundreds of years. And to make matters worse, we continue to produce ever-increasing amounts of plastic waste.
Did you know that in 2014, the UK produced 4.9 million tonnes of plastic waste alone, of which two-thirds were plastic packaging? Only 1.2 million tonnes of that waste were actually recycled. These shocking figures were included in the 2018 report by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF). The WWF also estimated that the plastic crisis in the UK has barely improved since their findings, with the UK recycling just under a third of its waste today.
With increasing public awareness of the plastic crisis, there is no doubt that the majority of UK residents are eager to recycle. So, the root of the problem rather lies in the fact that most people are estranged from their recycling options and what materials are recyclable.
That’s why we’ve gathered some tips and tricks that can help you manage your plastic waste responsibly.