Pledge 4 Plastics
We at Lotte Chemical as the only manufacturer of PET in the UK are proud to support Pledge 4 Plastics.
What is Pledge 4 Plastics?
Pledge 4 Plastics is a nationwide initiative to encourage every UK household to recycle more plastic – starting with the pledge to recycle one more plastic bottle a week.
Recycling plastic bottles saves a valuable resource from heading to landfill. A plastic bottle could be reborn as a football shirt, garden furniture, kid’s toys, kitchen utensils, pens, and even into building products such as fencing and pipes. Plastic bottles from every room in the house could be collected for recycling whatever the colour, shape or size.
Plastic packaging makes up 11% of household waste and 40% of that waste is plastic bottles. The 5 billion plastic bottles thrown away in 2012 were worth around £25 million to the recycling industry and it cost £19 million to dispose of them in landfill. Overall the average UK household uses over 440 plastic bottles per year, but only recycles just over 250 of them.
PET is the leading plastic in terms of recycling rate in the UK, Europe and indeed globally with well over 50% of the PET used in the UK in 2013 for bottles, jars & containers actually collected for recycle.
Reasons to recycle:
- It decreases the need for oil derived raw materials and saves energy-
- It cuts landfill costs and saves your local authority money
- It leads to job creation
- Recycling 1 tonne of plastic bottles saves 1 tonne of carbon – this is the equivalent of travelling nearly 4,000 miles in an average car
All types of plastic bottles can be recycled including those used for fizzy drinks, water, squash, sauces, cooking oils, washing up liquid, shampoos, conditioners, fabric conditioners, bleaches, detergents, garden and car products.
What do I need to do?
Simply empty your plastic bottles and place them in your recycling container. Check your local collection details for information about caps and labels. Pledge to recycle just one more plastic bottle a week so it can be transformed into another useful product.
Make your pledge on Twitter using #pledge4plastics
Or by visiting www.pledge4plastics.co.uk