In the past decade, the UK has recycled an astonishing 50 billion plastic drinks bottles – enough to stretch to the moon and back more than 10 times over!
And this week West Lindsey District Council is throwing its weight behind the 10th anniversary plans for Recycle Week - the national annual event designed to encourage people to recycle even more than ever before.
Recycle Week 2013 takes place from June 17 to 23 and in West Lindsey, residents are recycling more than five times as much as they were 10 years ago.
Coun Irmgard Parrott, the council’s representative on the Lincolnshire Waste Partnership, said: “As a nation – and as a council – we’ve come a long way since we started to take recycling seriously.
“This is good news for the environment as we’re sending less to landfill and making better use of our resources. Residents have helped us to achieve a recycling rate of 54 per cent, which exceeds the target set by national government of 50 per cent by 2020.
“Last year West Lindsey residents recycled more than half a tonne of waste materials per household.”