Plastic Bottle Recycling: What is it with people and plastic bottles? Why can’t we remove them from our lifestyle?

Today, we will discuss why the plastic water bottle is still the go-to drink of people and why that is bad. We will also discuss how this can help with plastic bottle recycling.

 

A Bit About Waster

Before I continue with the topic, let me first pitch in Waster.

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Plastic Bottle Recycling: It’s Us!

Honestly, when you think about it, you will see we are the problem. I struggle to fathom how you buy something that you can very much get for free, or almost free. According to coolAustralia, we purchased over 726 million litres of plastic water bottle back in 2015. Notably, plastic water bottles here in Australia cost about 2.75 dollars per litre.

 

Plastic Bottle Pollution

Obviously, plastic pesters the seas and oceans nowadays. According to The Guardian in 2017, people buy a million plastic bottles every minute. The number will jump to an alarming 20 per cent by 2021. Here is a question I ask you, readers.

“How can we keep up with recycling plastic bottles with those insane amounts of plastic water bottles?”

Besides, we should worry first on how to reduce plastic bottle production, consumption, and disposal before we worry about plastic bottle recycling.

 

Bad News In Plastic Bottle Recycling

 

plastic bottle in a beach

 

Recently, I read in a BBC news article that Coca-cola just can’t seem to remove plastic bottles in their franchise, as per the demand of consumers. Furthermore, customers like them because they reseal and are lightweight.

Although Coke pledged to use at least 50 per cent recycled materials in its packaging by 2030; Bea Perez, Coca-colas head of sustainability, said that removing plastic totally is impossible for them as of the moment. Removing it could mean a hit in sales and unsatisfied customers.

“Business won’t be in business if we don’t accommodate consumers,” she said.

“So as we change our bottling infrastructure, move into recycling and innovate, we also have to show the consumer what the opportunities are. They will change with us.”

This just proves that plastic bottle recycling is not enough to counter plastic water bottle waste, we need some other ways along with it to achieve a sustainable environment.

Another issue with plastic water bottles I want to tackle is how it is manufactured. Production of plastic water bottles includes pumping the water from the ground, packaged right after getting water, and chilled before hitting the market.

How does this affect the environment? First, the production process, including transporting it, emits greenhouse gases that prove harmful to the Earth.

Second, as plastic water bottles are made of polyethylene terephthalate, they do not break down or biodegrade. Instead of decomposing, they only photodegrade. Photodegradation means breaking down into smaller pieces over time. Those small pieces absorb toxic materials that pollute our water and soil. Additionally, they make animals sick when they come in contact with them.

Lastly, as plastic water bottles pollute the land, they can cause flooding in the streets due to clogged waterways in any urbanised areas.

 

Solutions In Countering Plastic Pollution

In all honesty, I think we still have a chance of achieving environmental sustainability; I really do. In fact, I know we can do this if we just make a conscious effort. Here are some ways we can do so:

 

Recycle, Recycle, Recycle!

Hence the title plastic bottle recycling. As plastics are photodegradable, it is of the utmost importance to make sure you send it to recyclers for proper processing.

Plastic water bottles consist of natural resources such as oil, gas, and coal; these are valuable resources that we should take advantage of and get.

Remember that before sending your plastic water bottles for recycling, make sure you remove the bottle caps and collect them, or at least crush the bottles so that it won’t explode, causing the bottle to jump away due to pressure. Read our blog on how to recycle bottle caps.

 

Call Out Companies

Make our voices heard! One example would be to use social media as a platform to state your worries about plastic pollution. Before, it is very hard to spread the word because of communication barriers but now is different. Hit that “Publish” or “Tweet” button and speak up about companies still using plastic.

Or, what you could do is buy from their much more environmentally friendly competitors. This may alarm them and do steps to compensate for their consumers, as a result.

 

Find Other Alternatives

Instead of buying plastic water bottles, why not bring your own cup or bottle? You may know already that the trend nowadays is to use metal cups, containers, and even straws! You help the environment, all the while reducing your spendings. That’s a win-win situation for me! Just find a local tap water fountain and you’re all set.

 

Conclusion

The main point I’m telling you is plastic bottle recycling is not enough. We should also prioritise the effort in removing – or at least reducing – plastic water bottles. Additionally, if you indeed do buy a plastic water bottle, please make sure to dispose of it properly in order for it to be recycled. Remember to throw plastic bottles or any other type of trash in the proper disposal bin.

 

Waster: Let Us Collect Your Plastic Bottles For Recycling!

Waster offers a way on how to properly dispose of and recycle your plastic bottles. Take a look at our commingled recycling bins and enquire now!

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Also, please call 1300 WASTER (1300 927 837), or email us at [email protected] if you have any further questions.