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Save £200,000 by recycling a plastic bottle

Surrey residents are being urged to recycle one extra plastic bottle a week and save the county over £200,000 a year to go back into frontline services.

Only 27 per cent of recyclable plastics – such as bottles, pots, tubs and trays – are currently being recycled in Surrey’s households, and the county council is supporting the national Pledge 4 Plastics campaign urging residents to recycle more.

If each of Surrey’s 983,000 adults recycled one extra plastic bottle a week, it would save over £200,000 a year in waste disposal charges and ease the council’s budget pressures in areas like demand for school places.

Mike Goodman, Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for the Environment, said: “Recycling helps us improve Surrey’s environment and the council’s finances, so this small pledge could reap big benefits. Once a plastic bottle has been collected, it can be reborn as a football shirt, children’s toy, furniture or even a new bottle.”

Anyone who pledges to recycle one extra bottle a week could win a limited edition mobile phone cover made from 80 percent recycled plastic bottles. It was created by interior designer Abigail Ahern, who recently starred in Channel 4’s Get Your House in Order.

To make a recycling pledge, visit the Pledge 4 Plastics website or on Twitter using #pledge4plastics.

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