||Tips on Recycling
Above your washing machine, under your kitchen sink or in your fridge, plastic bottles are all around us. South Africans buy billions of plastic bottles every year, and nearly all of them will end up in a landfill site. So, please think before you throw away that empty water bottle.
So let’s get down to the nitty gritty of recycling : How should you do it? And what can those plastic bottles be made in to? Here’s everything you’ve wanted to know about recycling plastic bottles.
* Check plastic bottle types and numbers. Make sure to find out which plastic bottles are accepted for recycling in your area. Many recycling programmes collect plastic bottles made from PET (#1), including water, soft drink, juice bottles, shampoo, toiletries, laundry detergent, household cleaners, salad dressings.
* While it has always been recommended to remove bottle caps, keep the cap on unless specifically noted otherwise in your curbside-recycling programme. Make sure to not throw the cap in separately as it may get lost in the transportation process and become litter.
* Bring it home. When you’re out and about and have a plastic bottle, bring it home for recycling if there are no recycling options around you.