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September 20, 2021 2 min read
Today marks the beginning of Recycle Week. Whilst we want to encourage recycling and promote the benefits, we feel that there’s also an important discussion that needs to be had around the fact that recycling…just isn’t working.
In fact, recycling is broken. In the UK, we’ve reached a point with our waste that we simply cannot recycle our way out of.
Less than 10% of everyday plastic actually gets recycled in the UK, so we either incinerate our waste, contributing to air pollution, or we ship our waste to other countries to be recycled.
Currently, for every 1,000,000 tonnes of plastic produced in the UK, approximately 85% of it will still end up in a landfill.
One of the catalysts for creating SBTRCT was discovering that in the UK, we leave our ethics at the bathroom door and only recycle 50% of our bathroom waste.
So whilst we agree, to recycle and make items recyclable, is a good thing, it is clearly no longer the solution.
What can we do about it?
The answer is of course complex BUT if we focus on making small changes both as individuals and as businesses, we can move in the right direction.
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