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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, plastic 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?
Most supermarkets in the UK now will collect your old carrier bags for recycling, from any store, not just their own.
Since the introduction of the 5p carrier bag charge in the UK, many more people reuse carrier bags and take their own bags to the supermarket, and this has massivly reduceed the amount of waste carrier bags.
Most local councils do not collect this type of plastic packaging for recycling in household collections and so much of it is disposed of in domestic waste, so that it ends up in landfill.
Many councils now collect clean plastic packaging at recycling centres. You can find the nearest place where they are collected here.
Rigid plastics such as toys, gadgets and plant pots have to go in the bin as well. However if the item is electrical or electronic (if you plug it in or it uses batteries) it can be recycled with other electrical items either at your local household recycling centre, or put out with your kerbside recycling if your local council collects these items.
Media 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.
Source: Fix.com Blog
It is always beter to reduce the amount of any material that you use before you consider recycling. There are lots of ways that you can reduce the amount of plastic that you need to recycle.