Can recycling save our cities?

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When recreated using glass bottles, plastic folks and tin cans, the Eiffel Tower does not quite have the same romanticism.

In a dystopian image of the future, a leading UK-based construction company has launched a project which involves reconstructing  a number of iconic cityscapes and landmarks from around the world, to draw attentions to the growing problem of plastic waste and the need to recycle.

“Every day, in the news, we read more and more about the world’s recycling problem,” said London-based Berkeley Build, which specialises in luxury construction projects. Media attention for issues such as marine waste, plastics straws, or single-use plastics bags have raised awareness levels somewhat, but there is still a long way to go. 

The famous London bridge skyline. The London eye, London Bridge, Houses of Parliament and Big Ben.

"What you perhaps don’t know, or struggle to visualise, is just how much an issue the population’s waste actually is,” Berkeley Build said. The company therefore opted to make a ‘statement’ of its own to address the problem. “When you see iconic landmarks ruined by uncontrollable waste, it certainly makes you think about the current climate,” it said.


A series of skyscrapers and the Statue of Liberty. A bustling city like New York produces 12,000 tonnes of garbage every day.

In its latest project, Berkeley Build  has reconstructed some of the iconic cityscapes and landmarks found in countries around the world using recyclable material.

The idea is to educate people on the types of products that can be recycled and to warn people about the consequences of their actions.

Among the cities and landmarks picked up by the group were the London Bridge skyline, New York and its skyscrapers and Paris’ Eiffel Tower. have been constructed out of recyclable waste .  


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