Pet owners are responsible when it comes to recycling

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RESEARCH has shown that the majority of pet owners make an effort to recycle when they can.

New research released today from the PURINA® Together We Can campaign shows that almost two-thirds of pet owners in the South East – 60.3 per cent – state that they try to be good to the environment for the sake of their pet as much as any family member.

This suggests that pet owners want to ensure that their pets can enjoy the great outdoors and they also want to preserve the planet for future generations of their beloved cats and dogs.

When asked specifically about recycling, one-third (33.3 per cent) of South Eastern pet owners said that they do it to protect the environment for their pet. Overall, pet owners in the South East are setting a great example with 91 per cent of them recycling their household waste either ‘always’ or ‘often’.

The new findings highlight a growing realisation that our environmental concerns and recycling efforts are aimed at protecting the planet for the future of pet, as well as human, generations.

Antal Van Hout, Regional Marketing Director at PURINA, said: “Our new research has shown that when cat and dog owners think about the environment’s future, almost one-third of those in the South East (27.3%) have considered how it might impact their pet. We know the special bonds between pet owners and their pets mean that many will go out of their way to make their pets’ lives happy and healthy. We also know that the environment we all live in is as important to our pets as it is to our own health and wellbeing and we want to encourage British pet owners to help make a difference to all our pets’ futures by recycling their steel pet food cans.”

The survey showed that one-third – 35 per cent – of those polled in the South East would like to do even more to protect the environment for the sake of their pet. PURINA brands FELIX® and WINALOT® have launched the Together We Can campaign aimed at encouraging dog and cat owners to recycle their steel pet food cans.

However, the new survey results show that we have some way to go when it comes to recycling them. Despite 91 per cent of South Eastern cat and dog owners claiming to ‘always’ or ‘often’ recycle their household waste, pet food can recycling is lagging behind compared to other categories with only 76% ever recycling them:

· Paper and card – recycled by 98 per cent of those polled

· Plastic – 89 per cent

· Food and drink cans – 86 per cent

· Glass – 85 per cent

· Pet food cans – 76 per cent

· Clothes and shoes – 72 per cent