Your Top 5 Plastic Recycling Myths BUSTED
China: in your hands. No bad thing?
Whilst it’s true that recyclable materials are often sent to China, which might sound environmentally unsound, it’s actually no bad thing. As the biggest manufacturer in the world, China regularly sends container ships full of products to the UK. Instead of these huge ships travelling thousands of miles back to China empty, the cost is offset by filling them with recyclable materials. In this way unwanted items like our old plastic bottles are recycled into new products like fleeces, buckets & benches which are sold in new markets!
That’ll never wash!
You’ll be pleased to know that items like plastic soup containers and washing up liquid bottles don’t need to be thoroughly washed in order to be recycled. Just make sure they are empty and give them a quick rinse. Top tip: use leftover washing up water for rinsing.
No need to go topless
Plastic bottles with plastic lids – like water bottles, milk bottles, shampoo and bleach –needn’t be decapitated. The likes of milk bottles & drinks bottles can be squashed to save space, but the lid can sit back on top since these can be recycled too.
What about bleach?
Some people assume bleach bottles and kitchen cleaners can’t be recycled because of their contents – but it’s easier than you might think to safely recycle them. All you need to do is ensure the bottle is empty and leave the lid on. Then they can be transformed into the likes of watering cans & water butts without any risk of harm during the recycling process.
What’s the point of recycling plastics?
Some think it makes no difference – not true! Using recycled materials in the manufacturing process uses considerably less energy than that required for producing new products from precious raw materials – even when comparing all associated costs, like transport.