Plastic – after we’ve used it

Samples of recycled plastic shown to Utkinton and Cotebrook Parish Council

The World is starting to get to grips with magnitude of the the problem of what to do with with all the plastic we use and discard. We know that China won’t take it anymore, the plastic that gets into the oceans is killing or harming the whales, dolphins, turtles and seabirds; it may be in the fish that we eat. We have all seen the pictures of bales of our plastic refuse sitting in enormous piles in third world countries. We are going to have to take responsibility for what we use and throw away.

Utkinton and Cotebrook Parish Council shared my concerns and, thankfully, Parish Councillor Tony Burford did some research for us. Above you will see samples, made from waste plastic by a company called Plastecowood in North Wales. The plastic was is mechanically compressed into shapes to make benches, picnic tables, fencing, bollards, planters and many other tough outdoor products. If you want to see more they have a website

There is no doubt that the best thing we can do is to reduce the unnecessary use of disposable plastics but it is good to know that such useful recycling is going on. I believe that locally we also need to improve the way recycling is done. When litter is collected from the roadsides there should be more ways to separate recyclable waste from the rest. More litter bins should enable us to separate waste types.

I suppose my main message is this…please don’t lose heart, its a big problem but collectively we can make a difference if we remember the old mantra..Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

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