The 3rd Bootle Scout Group was visited by Jane last night who gave a presentation on plastics and the harm it is having on our planet.
The group were also showed what plastics can be recycled and which ones can’t. It came as a surprise to the group to learn how many different types of plastic there are and how many can’t be recycled yet.
If you live in Netherton, Sefton Council has a list of the items that can go into your brown recycle bin.
How to reduce plastics in the ocean
The group learnt the harm plastics is having on our oceans and discovered the devastating effect it is having on the wildlife.
One way to reduce the amount of plastics that end up on our oceans is to recycle. Jane showed the group what plastics can go into our domestic recycle bin and which can’t.
But what do you do with the plastics you can’t recycle?
The answer is ecobricks!
Ecobricks is a reusable building block created by packing used plastic into a plastic bottle.
How to make an ecobricks
The group has started a new project to create our own ecobricks that we will build into a planter.
To make an ecobrick you will need:
- 2l plastic bottle
- A stuffing rod such as a wooden spoon
- Dry unrecyclable waste such as plastic bags or black plastic cartons
Make sure your unrecyclable waste is clean and dry. Cut it up in to small pieces so that it can easily fit into the bottle. With plastic bags, these can be twisted and stuffed into the bottle
Fill your bottle up with your cut up pieces of plastic, using your stuffing rod to ensure the bits of plastic are stuffed into every corner.
Fill the bottle tightly to the top. Your bottle should feel solid.
Weigh your bottle – A 2l bottle should weigh 666g. If it doesn’t, you need to get stuffing some more!
Log your Ecobrik at https://www.gobrik.com/ and get your unique ecobrick number. Write your number on the side of your bottle