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source: www.ace.mmu.ac.uk/
Resources/Fact_Sheets/Key_Stage_4/
Waste/pdf/Waste.pdf


www.napcor.com

www.letri.com/dechets/dechets-
recyclage-gb.shtml#plastiques


www.ecoinicijativa.com

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plastic

Plastics make up a large amount of waste, since they are available in numerous forms (there are about 50 different family groups of plastics!).
  • 61% of the total plastic waste from Western Europe is from packaging. This plastic waste requires collecting, sorting, etc. and is therefore complicated and hard to recycle.


  • The UK produces approximately 4.5 million tonnes of plastic waste per year. Only 3% of this waste is recycled. Most of this waste arises from packaging.


  • In Germany the recycling rate for plastic is 70%.


  • Americans use some 14 billion plastic shopping bags, an average of 425 bags per person.


  • each New Zealander consumes approximately 31 kg of plastic packaging per year and recycles 5.58kg; approx 190,000 tons of plastic wastes are disposed of to New Zealand landfills each year but at least 50% of them are imported*.
Producing new plastic from recycled material uses only 2/3 of the energy required to manufacture it from raw materials…

Did you know that…
  • …plastics require 100 to 400 years to break down at the landfill.


  • …it takes 5 recycled two-liter soda bottles to make enough fiberfill for a ski jacket.


  • ….recycling 1 ton of PETE* saves us
    800 kg of petrol;
    the amount of power used by 2 people in 1 year;
    the amount of water used by 1 person in 2 months.


* Polyethylene terephthalate (PET, or PETE) is one of the most common materials used to package soft drinks and mineral water.

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