Make UK Councils Recycle More Plastic!

Make UK Councils Recycle More Plastic!

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We are sure you have seen on the news, or read in newspapers and magazines or online that plastic is becoming a huge problem all around the world: it is slowly increasing and affecting our oceans, wildlife and even human health. 

Plastic has many different reasons why it is a great material and also a dreadful material. Plastic is an amazing material because it can keep children happy by making them toys; it can be used for plastic containers; wires and sockets; and many other products. Although it is useful, it can also be terrible because it is so durable. It stays on our planet forever and doesn't disintegrate, but it will break up into tiny pieces called micro plastic. These minuscule pieces of plastic often end up in the sea and are eaten by fish, and, eventually, it may end up in our food. 

We must say, plastic effects our ocean more than anything. Many of the animals in our ocean are in danger of dying because of the plastic that finds its way into the sea. As a class we watch a documentary on Netflix called, “A Plastic Ocean”. The images we saw were often disturbing and distressing and we know we need to make a change - for the good of our planet and our future!

On the documentary, we saw a poor, defenceless whale tragically washed up - on a beach - suffocating. It was heartbreaking: it was horrible: unfortunately, it didn’t survive. Six square metres of plastic was trapped inside the whale's stomach and it died of malnourishment.

Tragedies like this have to stop! It is unfortunately predicted that by 2050, if we continue disposing of plastic as we do currently, there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish! This is absolutely outrageous! How would you feel if your home was filled with someone else’s waste?

In the UK, our population go through about 14 billion plastic bottles each year, some of this is recycled, but much of it tends to end up in either landfills or the ocean. Each year, we only recycle 59% of plastic bottles, whereas Norway recycle 97% of plastic bottles. Another, plastic problem is our plastic bags: in 2013 UK supermarkets gave out 7.4 billion plastic bags. Plastic bags are seen by many councils as not worthy of recycling. They are not cost effective to recycle and many manufacturers don’t want this lower grade of plastic. 

Disgracefully, only PET and HDPE (types of plastic) get recycled by most of councils in the UK- this is not enough types of plastic getting recycled. Many councils state that they recycle other types of plastic, but in reality, the majority of them just burn them to create electricity which also creates pollution in the process.

From our research, we found out that many of the lower grade plastics can be recycled, but aren’t because it is difficult to sort and doesn’t make the councils enough money.

We feel that, if the technology is available (which it is), then every effort should be made to ensure all councils in the UK do their best to recycle as much plastic as possible. We need to make a change! Please help us by signing our petition, to raise awareness, and help change the future of our country and our planet!

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