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DON'T BOTTLE OUT OF RECYCLING, PLEDGE4PLASTICS INSTEAD

17th September 2014

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The Highland Council supports new campaign to get the Scotland back on track with recycling.

This September, The Highland Council is supporting the Pledge4Plastics campaign, which aims to get recycling back on the household agenda.

The campaign is part of a new government backed initiative created to significantly increase the collection of plastic packaging for recycling.

Knowing that five billion plastic bottles were sent to UK landfill sites last year, the initiative has joined forces with interior designer Abigail Ahern to launch Pledge4Plastics, a campaign that is urging people to make a promise to recycle just one extra plastic bottle per household each week.

To highlight the many ways plastic can be given a new life if recycled correctly, Abigail Ahern, who has a collection at a leading high street department store and recently starred in Channel 4's Get Your House in Order, has channelled her distinct quirky style to design her first ever bespoke phone cover, which is made from 80 percent recycled plastic bottles.

One thousand limited edition phone covers have been designed exclusively for Pledge4Plastics, to reward those who register their support online throughout September at pledge4plastics.co.uk or tweet [AT]pledge4plastics.

Speaking on behalf of The Highland Council, Chair of Community Services, Councillor Graham MacKenzie, said: "Overall the average UK household uses over 440 plastic bottles per year, but only recycles just over 250 of them, the rest ending up in landfill. By supporting this new campaign The Highland Council aims to highlight the issue and reduce the waste of this valuable resource."

He added: "As a Council we are presently investigating increasing the range of plastic that we currently collect."

Pledge4Plastics is not just about recycling water and drinks bottles but all types of plastic bottles, from every room in the house - and even the garden shed; these range from cooking oils, washing up liquid, shampoos, conditioners, fabric conditioners, household cleaning products, bleaches, detergents, garden and car products.

For more information about the campaign go to Pledge4Plastics.co.uk .

Further information about recycling in the Highlands go to the Rubbish and recycling section of The Highland Council's website: www.highland.gov.uk , email recycle[AT]highland.gov.uk or call 01349 886603.

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The Highland Council Waste Aware Team model recycled bottle fleece jackets and demonstrate a range of plastic bottles that can be recycled.

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