Plastic bottles are one of the most useful items of packaging that we have. They are durable, lightweight and numerous things can be stored in them, they are also very practical and very easy to recycle. They are the longest standing and most popular item to be recycled, and while most of us just chuck them into our recycling bins without giving them a second thought, the benefits of recycling plastic bottles are astonishing.
To start with, by recycling just one pound of the polyethylene terephthalate plastic that comes from water and soft drink bottles, we save around 12,000 BTU’s in heat energy. This effectively means that by using a recycled product to make new ones saves us 2/3 of the energy t hat is needed to make them from scratch using raw materials. Look at this on a worldwide scale and that is an awful lot of BTU’s being saved.
Recycling has never been easier, especially with councils now providing wheelie bins just for recyclable products as well as the bin for standard waste. Once the bottles reach the recycling plants they will be sorted and packed into large bales which are bundled up ready for shipping to reclaiming centres where the bales are broken down and the bottles shredded.
They will then be washed, dried and melted so they form beads of plastic. These will then be used to create all manner of products, so never think that the humble plastic bottle isn’t playing its part in the world of recycling. If your own recycling bin is full make the effort to take your bottles to the various recycling banks outside supermarkets and the like. They are very lightweight to transport and should never be put into ordinary bins.