Plastic Fantastic

Last updated:
6 February 2018

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Recently recovered plastic bottle from the 1970s

Buried in a mountain of decaying waste, unwanted plastic bottles lay destined to wasted futures.

It can take years for plastic to decompose, so why not make a pledge to help stop this by recycling at least one more plastic bottle each week?

Bottles from 40 years ago have been discovered in landfill sites and, unfortunately, they still look good for their age. But, with your help, today’s plastic bottles can be turned into toys, football shirts, fleece jumpers - even picnic benches.

You can make your pledge on the Pledge 4 Plastics website as part of a nationwide campaign, which is being backed by West Sussex County Council in partnership with all seven district and borough councils in the county.

Lionel Barnard, County Council Cabinet Member for Residents’ Services, said: “In the UK, the average household uses more than 440 plastic bottles per year, but recycles only around 250 of them.

“Plastic is a valuable resource which, if recycled, can be re-used in lots of different ways – from clothing to kitchen utensils, pens to garden furniture.

“All types of plastic bottles can be recycled, including those used for shampoo, shower gel, cleaning products, cooking oil and drinks. But they need to be clean, dry and loose before you add them to your household recycling bin.

“Please – help us to reduce the amount of wasted plastic in West Sussex. It’s easy to make your pledge.”

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