Battle to tackle plastic bottle waste mountain

PEOPLE are being urged to remember to recycle their plastic bottles and food packaging.

As part of National Recycle Week this week, Durham County Council is reminding people that they can recycle a range of plastic items using their kerbside collection service.

Plastic bottles, including milk, fizzy drinks, washing up and laundry liquids, shampoo, cooking oil and baby care bottles, can all be placed in household recycling bins.

Residents can also use their household recycling bin for yoghurt pots, ice cream and butter tubs, fruit punnets and carrier bags.

Rachel Gatland, waste strategy and policy officer at Durham County Council, said: “In the UK we get through a staggering 15 million plastic bottles every day – but less than half of them are recycled.

“As part of National Recycle Week we are reminding residents in County Durham that they can put plastic bottles and food packaging into their recycling bins, which will reduce not only the amount of waste going to landfill but also the amount of carbon dioxide being released into the atmosphere.”

Research suggests that recycling just one tonne of plastic bottles saves 1.5 tonnes of carbon dioxide being released into the atmosphere.

People can find out more about what they can recycle by visiting or by contacting Durham County Council’s waste management team on (0191) 3835674.