Saturday, June 16, 2012

Give recycling some (plastic) bottle this summer!

As it is now Recycling week, here is an email received earlier from WRAP. I've been saving it especially for this week and as you may be able to tell it was received during the brief warm spell that was our English summer.
Is all this warm [sic!] weather making you reach for a bottle of something cool and refreshing?

Whether at London's sporting events, your local Jubilee celebration or watching the spectacles from home, spare a thought for the humble plastic bottle…

From soft drinks and olive oil to shampoo and bleach, we use a staggering 15 million plastic bottles EVERY DAY in the UK alone. Just under half of all of these (but as many as three quarters of plastic milk bottles) end up making it through the recycling process. This is over 20 times more than we were managing in 2000, but advances in technology now mean that ALL sizes and shapes of bottle can be turned into fences, bags, flooring, fleeces…or even more bottles!

As you're watching Euro 2012 or the Olympics from home this summer, consider this - if each of us in the UK recycled just one extra plastic bottle each year, we could power 71,000 plasma screen TVs from the energy saved. So, get washing, squashing and recycling your plastic bottles today.

Plastic Factoids
  1. The first plastic bottle was sold in 1947 - it celebrated its Diamond Jubilee five years before Queen Elizabeth!
  2. Any plastic bottle can be recycled now - just wash & squash them.
  3. The flag planted on the moon by Neil Armstrong in 1969 was made of Nylon.
  4. Plastic is the most used material in the world, and has been for 35 years.
  5. Recycling 1 tonne of plastic bottles saves 1.5 tonnes of carbon emissions.
  6. It only takes 25 two-litre plastic bottles to make an adult-sized fleece.
  7. Recycling just one plastic bottle saves enough energy to power a 60W light bulb for six hours.
  8. We now recycle 20 times more plastic than we did back in 2000.
  9. Over 90% of our local authorities now offer collection facilities for plastic bottles, either from your kerbside or recycling centres.
  10. If all of us in the UK recycled just one extra plastic bottle every year, we could power over 71,000 plasma screen TVs infinitely using the energy saved.
And here's one from me: Plastic is made from Oil, and we are running out of it.


  1. Quote: "And here's one from me: Plastic is made from Oil, and we are running out of it."

    That brought back memories of the BBC2 Trade Test Colour Films from the 60s.

    It is no coincidence that one of them, "Prospect for Plastics", was a Shell film ...

    I haven't seen it for over 40 years but, having found it again, I must find time to watch it again - it was very interesting, as I recall.

    Part two is here ...

    1. To keep this on topic, the film starts with a recycling scene ...

      Watched it again this morning.

      It was interesting to see how much I remembered (and had forgotten!) and it is still as I remembered it - very interesting and very informative and every bit as good as similar work produced by the BBC and ITV programme companies all those years ago.

      It really puts the appalling dumbing down and dire quality of today's TV into perspective.

      If TV programmes have to be recycled, it's a pity they don't recycle more of the good bits ...

      Oh! I nearly forgot - the bean counters had the tapes wiped, didn't they? To save money ...

      So, broadcast quality video tape, £450 for a 32 minute reel (1960s prices). Production cost of content on tape £10,000 - £20,000 (the BBC currently pays up to £900,000/hour for drama)...

      What a waste ...

  2. It's good to know that people have started recycling plastic bottles.Here in Brazil,clothes and decorative objects are made from old coke and water bottles.I use a lot of recycled glass in my work,for example old glass cooker tops to make mosaic objects and furniture,Recycling Rules!