Most councils recycle 1-3 and many recycle the full range. The materials that are accepted depends on the waste recycling contractor and facilities that the materials are taken to.
|PET||Polyethylene terephthalate – Fizzy drink bottles and oven-ready meal trays|
|HDPE||High-density polyethylene – Bottles for milk and washing-up liquids.|
|PVC||Polyvinyl chloride – Food trays, cling film, bottles for squash, mineral water and shampoo.|
|LDPE||Low density polyethylene – Carrier bags and bin liners.|
|PP||Polypropylene – Margarine tubs, microwaveable meal trays.|
|PS||Polystyrene – Yoghurt pots, foam meat or fish trays, hamburger boxes and egg cartons, vending cups, plastic cutlery, protective packaging for electronic goods and toys.|
|OTHER||Any other plastics that do not fall into any of the above categories. – An example is melamine, which is often used in plastic plates and cups, nylon and acrylic.|
One thing that had stood out to me while doing my PDC is that people today often use the 3-R’s to justify products in the consumer world. REDUCE REUSE RECYCLE! Which is great to do generally, but I think that society relies too heavily on Recycling and not a lot on Reuse or Reduce.
A word of encouragement – Reuse and Reduce, before you Recycle. GO GREENER!
Just a scary piece for you: The United Nations report: Contaminated water now kills more people than all forms of violence including wars http://on.cnn.com/doETH7