How much plastic is used in a week?

Thousands of people will count their plastic waste for a week in a national survey of how much plastic is consumed in UK.

The count, put together by the organisation Everyday Plastic and Greenpeace, starts on Monday, SIA reports quoting the BBC media.

Only the US uses more plastic per person per year than the UK, research suggests.

Campaigners say the count will shed a unique light on how households consume the environmentally damaging material.

Huge amounts of energy and fossil fuels are needed to make new plastic, and it sticks around in our environment for a long time. It is also only possible to recycle plastic two or three times before it becomes too degraded.

Microplastics have been found everywhere from human blood to Arctic snow.

Around 151,000 households, 96 MPs, and 4,180 classrooms will be tallying up each piece of plastic they use from 16-22 May.

Government figures suggest that UK households recycled 44% of their waste in 2020.

But some plastics put in recycling bins goes to landfill or incinerators, or is even sent abroad where it can be dumped instead. In 2020 mountains of plastic waste sent from the UK to Turkey was uncovered.

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