Lincolnshire-based plastic bottle recycler Eco Plastics has said that the deteriorating quality of plastic collected for recycling in the UK is costing local authorities £10m each year, owing to a reduction in the sale value of the material.
Some critics argue that councils are opting for a quantity over quality recycling strategy to avoid exceeding their landfill quota, risking material such as plastics that is in no state to be reused commercially ending up back in landfill.
For this month’s poll, Packaging News is asking what measure(s) would most improve the quality of UK plastics recyclate?
To take part, simply cast your vote in the ‘Poll’ section on the right-hand side of the website.
We also want to hear your views on the issue. What can the packaging industry and its clients do, if anything, to improve the quality of UK plastics recyclate? Do retailers and manufacturers need to improve packaging materials to ensure more is widely recyclable at high value? Or is the shoe on the other foot with the councils?
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