Recycled plastic could supply over 70% of UK demand

The UK’s plastic recycling market is not well developed – just 9% of the UK’s plastic waste is recycled within the UK itself, while two thirds is exported for processing overseas.

But the Green Alliance says this could change if secondary markets were developed to support the quantities of plastic waste generated within the UK.

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Everything you need to know about plastic bottle recycling

Some of the UK’s biggest producers of plastic packaging waste have signed up to a new Wrap-led initiative to eliminate single-use plastics as early as 2025.

The move comes in response to concerns about discarded drinks bottles and other plastic waste entering the environment not only in the UK, but all over the world, from deserted islands to floating collections of plastic waste where ocean currents meet.

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Why can’t you put plasterboard in a skip?

Domestic skip hire is an essential way to get rid of waste materials when carrying out home refurbishments, and of course on a larger scale, commercial skip hire has the same purpose when renovating large residential blocks, office spaces and other premises.

But there’s an important point to remember, and that is that plasterboard should never be put in a hired skip as part of mixed building waste – and in many cases, skip hire companies will not collect it at all.

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How to know what size skip you need

Knowing how to choose the right size of skip is a useful first step when arranging your skip hire – we’re happy to help if you’re not sure, but ultimately it’s your decision which skip to hire, and it doesn’t have to be an overly difficult decision.

But it’s worth remembering that the right size of skip to hire is not based solely on how much waste you will generate during the work you carry out, but can also depend on the types of waste you need to dispose of, how bulky and heavy it is, and if it is restricted from disposal via skip.

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Tips for becoming self-sufficient

There are plenty of ways how to become self-sufficient, and they don’t all involve going ‘off grid’ or living on an island in a lake – although that is an option if you want to completely remove yourself from modern society.

As a starting point though, more and more of us are already becoming self-sufficient in individual ways, for example by growing our own food, or installing renewable power sources.

Everyone can do something to become more self-sufficient, and it doesn’t have to have a major impact on your lifestyle – here are a few options to consider.

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