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Towards Net Zero: How Plastic Recycling Contributes to Climate Goals

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Plastic Recycling & Reaching Net Zero

Climate change is real. It’s here. And if we don’t act fast, we risk losing more than just polar ice caps. The planet’s future depends on us reaching Net Zero. 

But what’s the role of plastic recycling in this battle? It’s bigger than you might think. Let’s dig into it.

The Carbon Footprint of Plastic

Plastic production? It’s carbon-intensive. In 2019, it accounted for 3.4% of global CO2 emissions. That’s a hefty carbon footprint. And it’s only set to rise if we don’t make drastic changes.

And when plastic reaches its end-of-life? Disposal methods matter. Landfills cause emissions. Incineration? Worse still, releasing a cocktail of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. The verdict is clear – the lifecycle of plastic, from creation to disposal, is a significant contributor to climate change.

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The Power of Plastic Recycling

Now enter plastic recycling. The saviour of the day? It just might be. Plastic recycling can dramatically cut emissions. But how? By keeping plastic out of landfills and incinerators, and reducing the need for new plastic production.

The numbers speak for themselves. Recycling one tonne of plastic bottles can save up to 1.5 tons of CO2. Picture that on a global scale, and the impact is enormous.

The Role of Businesses

It’s not just about governments and policy-makers. Businesses play a crucial part too. A large proportion of plastic waste comes from industry, and that’s where we come in. 

At Plastic Expert, we help businesses across the UK recycle their plastic waste. This isn’t just good for the environment – it’s good for their bottom line too. Reduced waste equals reduced costs.

But there’s more: Plastic recycling is an opportunity. A chance to shift towards a circular economy. One where waste is not waste, but a resource to create new products from old. To reduce, reuse, and recycle. That’s a win for businesses, and a win for the planet.

Step Towards Reaching Net Zero With Recycling

Net zero isn’t just a buzzword. It’s a necessity. It’s a beacon guiding us to a sustainable future. And plastic recycling? It’s a key part of the journey.

Plastic recycling reduces emissions. It saves resources. It creates opportunities. It empowers businesses to be part of the solution. Together, we can turn the tide on climate change, and Plastic Expert is committed to leading the way.

Book your recycling collection today and our team can help you dispose of waste sustainably. We recycle a range of waste types including plastic, cardboard and paper. Don’t forget, we also offer great rebates for your recyclable materials.

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