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Harnessing the power of plastics

Plastic waste has been one of the hottest topics of 2018 and many of us will have been moved by the dreadful scenes of beaches clogged by plastic pollution, bottles floating in our oceans and marine wildlife snared and killed by plastic debris.

This year’s Recycle Week highlighted efforts to improve plastic recycling and cut down the amount of plastic waste we produce. But knowing what plastic materials can and cannot be recycled, or even what can be recycled in your local area, can prove difficult for households.

As a result of this confusion, it’s not surprising that thousands of tonnes of plastic end up in landfill or find their way into oceans and onto our beaches. We live in a society where ‘throwaway’ culture is deemed as acceptable. But the abuse of plastic cannot continue, and it’s costing our environment immeasurably. Whilst plastic can pollute, we cannot ignore that if recycled properly it can help to decrease pollution and reduce greenhouse gas emissions – both of which have a positive impact on the environment.

While most of us have the best of intentions, for many recycling is just one more chore on a very long list and the temptation to rush the job so we can collapse onto the sofa and binge on our latest box set is entirely understandable.

Here at Casepak we take the issue of plastic waste very seriously. Our Materials Recycling Facility is one of the UK’s most technologically advanced, helping to maximise the recovery and purity of recyclables that pass through it.

To help households manage their recycling as efficiently and effectively as possible, we’ve produced a few helpful tips:

Our MRF has the ability to process the following plastics:

The MRF can also recover PVC, PP, PS and Miscellaneous plastics.

Lastly, get into the recycling routine! When you start trying to recycle more it can seem like a bit of a chore, but the more you do it the more familiar you will get with what can and can’t be recycled. If we all do our very best to reduce, reuse and recycle as much as possible then we can all contribute to making a difference and protecting our environment for future generations.

Everyone should take responsibility for plastics recycling. Let’s all play our part to reduce plastic pollution and boost recycling.