Today (17 June) marks the start of the tenth annual Recycle Week, a decade that has seen the UK recycle 50 billion plastic bottles, according to Wrap.
During the same period, local authority recycling schemes across the UK have collected materials like card, paper, plastic and glass worth a staggering £2.4bn, said the organisation's chief executive, Liz Goodwin.
“This is good news for the environment - it means we're sending less waste to landfill and making better use of the natural materials that go into the products we use every day,” she explained.
“It is also hugely important for our economy too. The UK recycling sector now generates more than £13bn a year in sales of recycled materials, employs more than 40,000 people and contributes around £3bn-worth of additional value each year to the UK economy.”
Further details about Recycle Week can be found here.