- Paper packaging is recyclable as a material, and kerbside collections of waste paper are widely carried out by local authorities making it easy for consumers to recycle. Therefore around 80% of paper is recycled in the UK.
- Paper packaging includes cardboard, moulded pulp, corrugated cardboard, tissue paper, white news offcuts, kraft wrapping paper, etc.
- Some plastics are recyclable. This depends on the type of plastic. And how clean it is. And whether your local authority can actually find someone to recycle it.
- Plastic water bottles have the highest recycling rate because they are clean, and usually made from clear plastic (PTFE).
- Biodegradable and compostable plastics CANNOT be recycled.
- According to The Guardian, a high proportion of waste plastic designated for recycling is being incinerated because developing countries are now refusing to accept delivery of waste plastic.
- QUOTE: "As of 2015, approximately 6,300 million tonnes of plastic waste had been generated, around 9% of which had been recycled, 12% was incinerated, and 79% was accumulated in landfills or the natural environment." (see citation below)
There are many claims about recyclability
In the context of reducing plastic pollution and saving the environment, conserving earth's natural resources then recycling is beneficial and desirable.