Unlike glass, steel or aluminium that can be recycled endlessly, a plastic bottle can typically be turned into a lower-quality plastic bottle twice before it is turned into other products like doormats, textiles, plastic lumber, etc.
So, what can you do about it?
Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Refuse: try and avoid purchasing products that contain single-use plastic e.g. pasta bowls, plastic cutlery or straws. Why not take a bread bag to the bakery.
Reduce: avoid excess food packaging or give plastic-free toiletries a try.
Reuse: try out plastic-free cleaning products that will make use of single-use plastic bottles that would ordinarily be sent for recycling or landfill.
Recycle: as the last option, send your plastic for recycling. Confused as to what can be recycled, take a look at Recycle now for local recycling tips www.recyclenow.com/local-recycling.
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