Do you recycle all of your plastics?


16th June 2017

At a United Nations (UN) oceans conference in New York, the Asian countries of China, Thailand, Indonesia and the Philippines promised
to do more to prevent plastics ending up in the world’s oceans.

Plastic is non-biodegradable, which means it cannot break down. It’s thought that more than eight million tonnes of plastic end up in the world’s oceans every year. More than half of it is from five nations: China, Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam. A lot of the plastic in the world’s waters is accidentally swallowed by birds and fish.

Over the last ten years we have produced more plastic than during the whole of the last century – and we produce more than 200 million tonnes of plastic every single year. Scientists reckon 75% of the plastic in the world’s seas flows from just ten rivers, most of which are in Asia. In Thailand, around 2.8 million tonnes of rubbish ended up in the sea in 2016, and 12% of that was plastic. The Thai government says it is taking action, including encouraging more environmentally-friendly packaging. The Indonesian government has announced a new scheme to teach schoolchildren about pollution.

The UN’s environment executive director, Erik Solheim, told the BBC that “there are quite encouraging signs, with nations taking the ocean much more seriously”. But he also warned that “there is a very long way to go.”

Do you recycle all of your plastics?


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riverdance · 4 years ago

I try to mostly re-cycle most of my plasic stuff. I think some packaging has TOO much plasic and its not needed
#first to comment

lightning · 4 years ago

I do tell a lot of teenagers not to litter but they just don't care!!!

shpee · 4 years ago

Not all of it. There are plastics that can't be recycled and even if the local council accept the, they'll be sent to an energy recovery facility I think. But I do recycle any that I can!

dotmatilda · 4 years ago

We do try to whenever possible. Empty yogurt pots and other things like that we just wash up beforehand.

jennia · 4 years ago


jennia · 4 years ago

I don't recycle all my plastics because some of them can't be recycled

radishes10 · 4 years ago

Yes, I reckon I do, however it upsets me that a lot of public places don't actually have recycling bins, which means that people are less encouraged to recycle.♻️✔️, ?(is that a bin emoji?)

radishes10 · 4 years ago

sorry . . .?. . . . .❌

girlywirly · 4 years ago

We very often try to recycle all our plastic bottles and items. We quite often re-use plastic bottles.

girlywirly · 4 years ago

First comment.... YEAH!!!

banjoblaze · 4 years ago

Yes, I do recycle plastics, unless its something I'm keeping. Better it's made into something new than sent to landfill.

rebecca.xo · 4 years ago

I always recycle plastics and other things because if you don't then you waste plastic

amyisfine · 4 years ago

i recycle:) and my school did a recycle please week

tanderichardson · 4 years ago

My family have only just started recycling all of our plastics and my mum is loving it!! I think that it is great for all of the wildlife that get trapped/ killed in all of the plastic waste. This way it is easier for all of us and it gets disposed of properly rather than people tossing it into the sea and killing or badly injuring all of the sea life living there.

ChalzPC · 4 years ago

Not everything can be recycled, but we Recycle all we can.

amynatalie · 4 years ago

We recycle our plastics and most other things that can be recycled but sometimes it is hard because there might not be a recycle bin close by.

schwab1 · 4 years ago

I TRY to but not always...
I look if it says this can be recycled and then do it but if it doenst say it I don't...

sunglasses · 4 years ago

I am very aware of pollution and global warming and stuff like that. I think scientists should work harder to work out a way to be able to recycle everything. After all, every day global warming is getting worse, and unless someone comes up with a genius idea sometime soon, looks like 'goodbye earth, hello mars' Why should animals die because of humans littering our planet? I mean, imagine it was animals had evolved to such extreme mesures like humans? What then? I expect we would live like them, unable to communicate. However, I don't think that we would have to worry about pollution as I think animals would have thought about the consequences before they did the bad stuff we have done.

tillster · 4 years ago

My family always recycles every plastic or cardboard we have always is in the recycling bin. I hate seeing rubbish outside, it annoys me so much. Seeing the animals picking them up and trying to eat the rubbish, it's disgusting. Sometimes I keep some of the recycling and make different things out of them.

ac20 · 4 years ago

I'm definitely recycle everything!

huddlest · 4 years ago

I'm in Thailand

gracie777 · 4 years ago

I always ask my mum to check if everyone knows. As my school is a green flag school i try and take responsibility

greenpanda · 4 years ago

We do recycle some plastics but I think we could recycle a bit more, but it is hard to when packaging of products just have too much plastic in them!

dorito · 4 years ago

we r gonna get recycle bins in house to recycle properly

happy4456 · 4 years ago

I honestly have no idea...... i think we do recycle all we can though

sadaroro · 4 years ago

i try to

ZENCE40 · 4 years ago

I try to re-cyle as much as I can but sometimes it's really hard

themanspan · 4 years ago

Yes, I have also seen people throw plastic in the sea

orangebob9 · 4 years ago

I try to but sometimes I get a bit lazy and put plastic in the other stuff bin.It's kind of hard to remember what can be recycled and what can't but still I try!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!RECYCLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!OK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

plumcrunch · 4 years ago

I always recycle!!!

claudine · 4 years ago

I only recycle plastics I should. Not all plastic is recyclable so First News should've been more clear.

joshops · 4 years ago

oops i meant to say no

joshops · 4 years ago

I also agree with claudine

lollypop · 4 years ago

yes everyone should!

Magic10 · 4 years ago

I recycle most plastics but sometimes I accidentally throw them in the bin.

bruh12345 · 4 years ago

most of the time. we try our best

daisy101 · 4 years ago

i try

gavriella · 4 years ago

I think that recycling is the action which could save all the innocent ocean creatures regularily caught in the debris in the sea. plastic is highly dangerouse for them because the creatures could get stuck in plastic ,eat plastic or even be drowned because of it. I also believe that schools should have recycling more in the curriculum to make children more aware of the animals killed.If no action is done ,soon ,then the sea creatures will die out ,and humans will be the cause for this.

Benjyb1 · 4 years ago

i recycle most o my plastic

fox64 · 4 years ago

99.9% yes but very occasionally i forget

yum_kitty9 · 4 years ago


zeushades8 · 4 years ago

I trY but mY familY do not

ivenstine · 4 years ago

we do but plastics without a re-cycle sign we put in the normal bin

sealover13 · 4 years ago

After watching blue planet 2 I now recycle all my plactic. Some plastics can’t be recycled though, they need to make all plastics recyclable one day

vegetarian · 3 years ago

i recycle all my plastic and my cats chew it ha ha

flossingg · 3 years ago


katkid10 · 9 months ago

Not all are able to be recycled.