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Facts about polythene film biodegradation
   
Polythene film - wasteful or not?
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FACT: Each year the typical UK household disposes of 1.6 tonnes of waste. Of this, only 2.6% or 40 kgs is unwanted plastic packaging.
 


Plastic films, along with all packaging materials, are often seen as wasteful because they are disposed of once they have completed their intended task. The disposal of plastic films however should be put into its proper context:

  • If all the carrier bags used in the UK each year were eliminated and not replaced by any other bag or form of packaging the saving per household would be equivalent to 2 litres of oil per annum. A similar saving could be achieved by driving just over a mile less per month or switching off a 100 watt light bulb for 45 minutes a day.