Despite measures to increase recycling, discarded plastic consumer packaging continues to blight the planet.

This article titled “Global hunger for plastic packaging leaves waste solution a long way off” was written by Juliette Jowit, for The Guardian on Thursday 29th December 2011 15.09 UTC

Five hundred tonnes of Christmas tree lights and at least 25m bags of plastic sweet wrappers, turkey coverings, drinks bottles and broken toys will be thrown away by UK homes this Christmas and new year. But only a tiny proportion of this waste will be recycled.

Even at other times of year, only a little under a quarter of the UK’s plastic waste is recycled, but over the festive period still less escapes the tip according to a survey by home drinks maker SodaStream. Globally, recycling of plastics is even smaller.

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