Plastic Recycling

The Facts

  • Nearly 100 million tonnes of plastic materials is used each year throughout the world. We produce and use 20 times as much as we did 50 years ago.
  • There are about 50 different types of plastic and hundreds of varieties within those types.
  • Plastics should be marked to help people identify the six or seven mains types.
  • Currently 80% of post consumer plastic waste goes to landfill.
  • Plastic production uses 8% of the world’s oil production.
  • In the UK we use about 6.7 million tonnes per annum
  • Packaging is the largest single user of plastics accounting for over 30% of the UK consumption and it makes up some 8% of the average household’s waste. Supermarkets give away in the region of 100 million plastic carrier bags each week, hence their current promotion of re-usable bags.
  • The next heaviest user of plastics is the construction industry with just under 30% consumption. Rabbitt Recycling is working with the industry to develop recycling methods to compensate to some degree for this level of usage.
  • One tonne of plastic is the equivalent of 20,000 two litre drinks bottles or 120,000 carrier bags. The lightness of the material is one of the biggest issues in trying to economically recycle it hence the need to bale plastic to make better volume and weight.

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