The world's annual consumption of plastic materials, according to Waste Online, has increased from around 5 million tonnes in the 1950s to nearly 100 million tonnes today, which means that we use 20 times as much plastic today than we did 50 years ago.
Fortunately most local councils now accept some types of plastic in their kerbside collections, including milk containers, water bottles, toiletries bottles and containers from houshold cleaning products. Some even collect yogurt pots and other plastic tubs.
What about the plastics that are not collected in kerbside collections?
Plastic Carrier Bags Most supermarkets in the UK now will collect your old carrier bags for recycling too, from any store, not just their own. Better still, reuse carrier bags or take your own bags to the supermarket.
Plastic Food Packaging Bags or Films Cannot a t present be recycled so will have to go to land fill.
Rigid Plastics such as toys, gadgets and plant pots have to go in the bin as well.
Media Items such as CDs, DVDs, cassettes and videotapes can all be recycled, but cannot be included in roadside collections. Check with your local council if they will be accepted at a recycling centre.