Posted June 19th, 2012 by Stephen Roper

This Week the 18th – 24th June 2012 is the ninth Recycle Week in the UK and this year the focus is on boosting the amount of plastic bottles that are sent in to be recycled.

With the London Olympics 2012, the Paralympics and Wimbledon approaching fast many drinks will be drunk and many plastic bottles will end up in the bin. It’s not just drink bottles that are ending up in the bin but also toiletry bottles, margarine tubs, yoghurt pots, egg boxes, fruit punnets and anything else made of plastic that can be found in the house are ending up at Britain’s landfill sites. In fact in the UK less than 50% of plastic items are currently going in our recycling bins out of a staggering 15 million that are being used every day.

By recycling all our plastic bottles whilst at home, at work or while we are out and about we can all easily improve the current collection rates. If every person in the UK recycled just one extra plastic bottle this week it would save enough energy to power 71,000 plasma TV’s for a whole year.

This Year’s Recycle Week is sponsored by the Waste and Resources Action Programme. (WRAP) WRAP says that after the success of recycling plant, Closed Loop Recycling and the launch of a new plastic recycling facility in Lincolnshire means that Britain can easily support an increase in the amount of plastic being sent to be recycled.

To fit in with Recycling Week, Closed Loop Recycling, in Dagenham, Essex have launched a new ‘We need your bottles’ campaign with a specially designed logo. The company is urging the British Public to remember that bottles can be put in recycling bins whether they are at home or out and about. Any bottles that are collected by the company will be sent to the plant to be made into new food and drink packaging.

Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London also backs the new campaign, he said “Taking the time to put your empty plastic bottles into recycling bins is not only good for the environment but great for our wallets too. Recycling not only saves us all money but also has the added bonus of creating extra jobs in London and around the country.”

To get involved in Recycle Week you can find out what events are happening near you or pick up the resources to set up your own activity by visiting Recycle Now.

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