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Recycle plastic bottles to save taxpayers £200,000-a-year

More than £200,000-a-year would be saved for frontline services if every Surrey resident recycled one extra plastic bottle per week instead of throwing it in the bin.

As Recycle Week gets underway, Surrey County Council has revealed that 25,000 tonnes of plastic waste are thrown away each year instead of being recycled – a recycling rate of just 27 per cent.

Everyone in Surrey can recycle plastics from each room in their home. That includes yoghurt pots, margarine tubs, fruit or veg trays and every type of plastic bottle. Whether the bottle contained drinks, shampoo, bleach, cooking oil or ketchup, it can be recycled and turned into a great new product.

If every adult in the county recycled an extra plastic bottle each week, the council would save £208,000-a-year in waste disposal charges – cash which could be ploughed back into essential services.

Plastics which are recycled can be turned into something completely different such as a child’s toy, a football shirt or a picnic bench.

Surrey County Council and the county’s 11 district and borough councils have launched a campaign aimed at increasing the volume of plastic packaging collected at the kerbside for recycling.

Mike Goodman, Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for the Environment, said: ‘Recycling is not only kinder to the environment but also saves the taxpayer money. Our campaign is intended to improve residents’ understanding of how household waste collections work and make it the norm for plastic bottles, pots, tubs and trays to be recycled.’

* A Twitter question and answer session on plastics recycling in Surrey will be held on Wednesday 24 June between 12 and 1pm. Queries can be tweeted at @Recycle4Surrey using the hashtag #SurreyPlastics

* For more information on the council’s campaign to encourage plastics recycling, visit recycleforsurrey.org.uk/plastics

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