Eigg households collect 70% less plastic waste than Scottish average.

ISLE OF EIGG DOMESTIC PLASTIC WASTE SURVEY  – 18TH to 25TH MARCH

  • There are 43 households on Eigg.
  • 37 households were on the island during the survey week
  • 26 of those 37 households took part in survey week (70% participation) and collected 12.15kg of plastic.
  • 21% (2.55kg)of plastic collected is currently recyclable by Highland Council.  (PET & HDPE)

No.

Weight grams

% currently recyclable

Milk Carton – 2.272Ltr/4 Pints

31

1270

100%

Milk Carton – 568Ml/1 Pint

38

630

100%

Plastic bottles (4 non recyclable)

46

1990

91%

Carrier bags (3 from Eigg Shop, all other from mainland shops)

29

320

50%

Beer can 4 ring plastic holders

17

20

0%

Animal Feed bags

7

710

0%

General food wrapping (non rigid plastic)

1980

0%

Plastic food tray (rigid plastic)

1690

12%

Yoghurt & margarine pots, their lids & milk carton lids

1010

13%

Postal/delivery plastic packaging

1850

0%

Oddities (e.g. cycle helmet)

680

0%

Total      .

12150g

21%

No. of households on Eigg

43

No. of households on Eigg present during survey

37

No. of households participating in survey

26

% of households present taking part in survey

70%

 Eigg Households per week       
Total grams plastic collected by 26 participating h’holds in survey week 12150g
Grams of plastic waste per household participating in survey / week (12150kg / 26 households) 467g
For 43 households, the total Eigg domestic plastic per week would be 20094g
Of which the recyclable content / week would be 4220g

Eigg Households per year

Eigg’s 43 households would generate 20.094 kg x 52 weeks = 1045 kg of plastic waste / year

Adding 25% for visitors = 1306 kg of plastic waste / year

Of which 21% is recyclable or 274 kg / year

Scottish households per year

Scottish household plastic waste is 100kg per year, of which 30kg is recyclable.  Source.

Eigg households, plus visitors, produce 30.34kg per year, 70% less than Scottish average.

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