Over the past decade the UK has recycled an astonishing 50 billion plastic drinks bottles – enough, laid end-to-end, to stretch to the moon and back more than 10 times over.

This is good news for the environment - it means we're sending less waste to landfill and making better use of the natural materials that go into the products we use every day.

It's also hugely important for our economy too.

The UK recycling sector now generates more than £13 billion a year in sales of recycled materials, employs more than 40,000 people and contributes around £3 billion-worth of additional value each year to the UK economy.

However, there's still much more we can do and plastic bottles are one example of this - householders are now recycling about 50 per cent of these and most councils now collect them, but, of course, that means there's still about half ending up in landfill.

Your council may have expanded its service to collect more items for example, or perhaps a re-use scheme has opened at your local tip and, of course, there are lots of charity shops that sell pre-loved furniture and electricals too.

If you're unsure of what can and can't be recycled you can find out more at the Recyclenow website.

 

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