Solving the plastic bottle crisis

Solving the plastic bottle crisis

There have been significant improvements made to recycling rates over the past decade or so, but there is still a long way to go if the UK is to meet the EU target of recycling 50 per cent of household waste by 2020.

One recurring culprit is the plastic bottle - almost half of the plastic bottles used in Britain are not recycled. We use around 35 million plastic bottles daily in Britain with only 19 million of those recycled. This leaves 16 million bottles making their way to landfill each and every day.

Deposit return scheme

Caroline Lucas MP, Co-Leader of the Green party, has called for the introduction of a bottle deposit return scheme (DRS) as part of the National Litter Strategy. DRSs are used in 11 other European countries with recycling rates for target materials in excess of 90 per cent. The scheme would involve customers paying a small cash deposit of around 10 pence when they purchase a drink in a can or bottle. They would then get this back upon return of the packaging for recycling.

The Amberol solution for councils and local authorities

There are many possible solutions to the problem. Most people know the importance of recycling, and show support for the practice, yet many make the wrong decisions when it comes to actually disposing of their waste.

Plastic bottles are mostly used when moving and recycling on-the-go is on the rise but there is much more that could be done.

Amberol make it easier for people to recycle and for local authorities to meet recycling targets by providing a wide range of both indoor and outdoor public bins. Our Olympic Dual Recycling Bin has specially shaped apertures for bottles and paper to encourage recycling. One of our most popular bins, it can be found on some of the busiest streets in the UK.

To find out more about the range of bins available and how we can help you, call 01773 830 930 or email

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