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From the soles of your shoes to the comb you use on your hair, plastic has become an unavoidable part of modern life.
But now that we know the damage it can wreak on wildlife, momentum is growing in the effort to re-use and recycle more plastic — and to clear up the toxic trash littering our beaches and countryside.
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On the weekend of May 11-13, thousands of people across the UK will come together to clear their community spaces of litter as part of the Great Plastic Pick Up this paper is organising in conjunction with Keep Britain Tidy.
So, what will actually happen to the plastic picked up over that weekend?
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Well, once your Pick Up is over, you’ll be encouraged to register the number of bags you collected with greatplasticpickup.org — then check the website for details of how to get it to your local authority’s recycling facility.
Each local authority works with various recycling plants around the country, where your plastic will be sorted, shredded, washed and melted down into pellets. These pellets are then sold on to manufacturers to use as part of their plastic production.
Plastic - Plastic - Types - Re-use
Recycled plastic has always been far more expensive to use than new virgin plastic. Some types are so hard to re-use they have traditionally been considered impossible to recycle.
But now, forward-thinking companies are coming up with innovative ways to put waste plastic to good use. Here, we reveal all the ways they’re creating a fresh new life for the trash you’ll find on the Mail’s Great Plastic Pick Up . . .
January - Year - Kayak - Fishing - Nets
In January this year, the first kayak made from recycled fishing nets came off the production line.
It was created by amateur diver Rob Thompson, who was desperate to find a use for all the abandoned nets, crab pots and fisherman’s rope he came across...
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