Recycling has become much more popular over the years and it seems like more and more people have been participating. Although this is true, the problem of non-recycled plastics is still an issue with plastic pollution being found across the globe. So does recycling plastic really make a difference? The answer through a lot of research is an overwhelming yes.
Even though many people recycle today, plastic is still the number one source of ocean pollution. This causes many issues including around 100,000 marine mammals and 1 million sea birds a year being killed. Also, if you choose not to recycle your plastic bottles, they can take more than 400 years to decompose. This means they take up a whole lot of space in landfills and cause even more problems this way. The solution, ideally to not use plastic at all and to instead use a reusable container which has much less environmental damage. This is a simple solution today with LifeFactory glass bottles.
On the other hand, if you do still decide to use single use plastic bottles, it is very important to look at your location’s policies on recycling. It has been found that 20 to 40 percent of items put into recycling bins do not get recycled. Some of the reasons might include whether or not the containers need to be cleaned before they are recycled, and whether or not the cap or lid can be left on. Many times, the caps on water bottles are an entirely different material than the bottle itself, so these water bottles sometimes do not get recycled if the caps are still on them. The best way for you to do your part with recycling plastic is to know these details so you can get the most benefit for the environment out of your recycling bin.
To learn even more, join us at the The County Theater on June 9th for our screening of "Tapped". Tapped examines the role of the bottled water industry and its' effects on our health, climate change, pollution, and our reliance on oil. Followed by a panel Q&A discussion.