Antrim Borough Council is encouraging everyone to do just a little more exercise at Antrim Forum, by throwing empty plastic bottles into one of the recycle bins dotted throughout the leisure centre.
Leona Donaghy, Environmental Awareness Officer, said: “Plastic bottles are a valuable resource and since so many of these are bought and disposed of at Antrim Forum, the council is urging the public to make use of the recycling bins located throughout the leisure centre.”
Leona continues, “It takes 75% less energy to make a plastic bottle from recycled plastic than from using new, raw materials.
“The items you recycle are then made into other valuable materials such as park benches, tables or even clothing. 25 plastic bottles can be made into one fleece jacket and football shirts worn by many world class football teams come from 100% recycled polyester made from between 8 and 18 plastic bottles.
“So, if you’re one of Antrim’s keen recyclers, your plastic bottle could well be worn by your football idol.”
It’s not just plastic bottles that you can recycle. Recycling bins are now available in the changing areas for empty deodorant tins, shampoo bottles and aluminium cans.
Mayor of Antrim, Councillor Brian Graham said: “While a good rate of overall recycling is already being achieved through kerbside collections in Antrim, a large amount of recyclable items are disposed of away from home. It’s important for us to make sure these go into the recycling bins and get the chance to become something new.”
Look out for the ‘Recycle it’ signs at points throughout Antrim Forum. If you sign up for membership, you’ll receive a stylish sports cap, reusable plastic bottle.