The piles of plastic crates stacked at the back of the supermarkets and warehouses are not waste. Don't worry, they are recycled and recyclable. In Italy there is a consortium that recovers plastic crates and reuses or recycles them. In 20 years, market sellers have used (perhaps without even knowing) 85,923 re-used boxes.
This has saved:
- 148 thousand tonnes of CO2 emissions, equivalent to 60 thousand cars a year
- 2.2 million gigajoules of energy, equivalent to the consumption of 500 Italian citizens in a year
- 599 million litres of water, equivalent to 60 thousand Olympic swimming pools
- 133 thousand tonnes of virgin raw material, equal to the weight of 13 Eiffel towers