Is the item you’re putting into the recycling, recyclable? According to the BBC, councils failed to recycle 338,000t waste in 2014-15. In the UK, recycling plants send most of the rejected recycling for incineration.
Plastic became popular after World War II in the 1950s. Only in the 1980s, after much concern, the plastic industry introduced recycling. In order to make it easier to identify plastic types they created the resin code system. The hate for plastics has been growing since plastics started washing up on beaches.