Plastics are made from oil - a fossil fuel that will one day run out. It is important to make use of materials like plastics that can be recycled and re-used, rather than continually exploiting the fossil fuels used to make them in the first place.
Recycling plastic helps it from being dumped into landfill sites where it takes hundreds of years to deplete. Recycling plastic and means all sorts of amazing products can be made including clothing items such as fleece jackets!
Based upon wood, a natural renewable resource, paper is both biodegradable and recyclable. It is made up of many fibres that are interlaced and compacted in a web-like fashion.
Millions of tonnes of paper are produced each year. This is used for a wide variety of products and applications such as office paper, newspapers, envelopes, agricultural sacks, plasterboard and the packaging of all types of consumer, commercial and industrial goods.
Why Recycle Paper?
Paper and packaging make up huge proportions of most municipal and commercial waste streams and therefore the paper industry is the UK's largest recycler.
However, almost 5 million tonnes of waste paper are still sent to landfill or incineration each year. This means that the industry has to import fibre to meet its needs, which does not make environmental or economic sense.