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National Recycle Week 2012

June 18th – 24th sees the annual Recycle Week take place, and this year the focus is on plastic bottles.

Making an entrance some 65 years ago, a staggering 15 million of plastic bottles are now used every day in the UK, yet less than 50 per cent make it into our recycling bins.

Technology now allows for all shapes and sizes of plastic bottles to be recycled. And remember, plastic bottles are not only found in the kitchen – check out the bathroom, the garage and garden shed too!

By simply recycling ALL our plastic bottles, whether at home, at work or while out and about, we can all do our bit to improve these collection rates.

Recycling options

Merseyside and Halton residents have several options for recycling plastic bottles :

Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRCs) – all but one of Merseyside and Halton’s HWRCs will take your plastic bottles (the exception being Rainford).

Doorstep – you can put them in the appropriate recycling container that your local council collects from your doorstep. Check here to see what your council collects.

Did you know?

• If the 15 million bottles used each day were recycled it would be the equivalent of taking 73,000 cars off the road annually.
• 90% of all UK local authorities now offer collection facilities for plastic bottles either from your kerbside collection scheme or at recycling centres.
• It only takes 25-two litre plastic bottles to make an adult-sized fleece.
• If all of us in the UK recycled just one extra plastic bottle during Recycle Week, this would save enough energy to power over 71,000 plasma screen TVs for a year.