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What happens to plastic bottles at BCOM

There has been a lot of information in the news concerning plastics, not only as a potential health risk but also because of the harmful impact that plastics have on the environment.

It has been estimated that a million plastic bottles are bought every minute globally and this is only set to increase. In 2016 fewer than half of the bottles bought were recycled even though most plastic bottles are suitable for recycling. The Ellen MacArthur Foundation estimates that between 5 million and 13 million pieces of plastic end up in the oceans which can then be consumed by sea birds, sea mammals and fish. Plastic has even recently been found to be contaminating sea salt.

At BCOM all the waste we produce is recycled, none of our waste goes to land fill. Food waste is used for generating power and composting. Paper is recycled; other waste is again used to produce energy. In the year up to July 2017 BCOM’s recycling saved 125 trees and 15 tonnes of CO2. All plastic bottles and other plastic items are recycled at BCOM. Plastics are broken down into pellets and used for a variety of items including clothing with 25 two-litre plastic bottles making an adult fleece.

Date Posted: 14/09/2017 | Posted In: College News

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