UK household plastics collection increased by 6 per cent

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Source: RECycling Of Used Plastics Ltd (RECOUP)

Petersborough, UK – According to the UK Household Plastics Collection Survey 2015 commissioned by Recoup, 492,623 tonnes of plastic waste were collected for recycling – an overall 6.1 per cent increase. The figure includes 337,447 tonnes of plastic bottles – a 3.5 per cent increase – and 155,176 tonnes of plastic pots, tubs and trays – a 12.1 per cent increase. This was enabled by 400 local authorities – 99 per cent of UK local authorities – offering a kerbside recycling collection service that includes plastic bottles. Just six collection authorities do not offer a kerbside recycling collection service that includes plastic bottles.

Recoup-CEO Stuart Foster commented: „Through packaging waste legislation, by 2017, a 57 per cent business target has been set which translates to an estimated 1.06 million tonnes of plastic packaging to be recycled unless the targets are amended.

„The official UK data shows 640 kt recycled in 2012, 714 kt in 2013, and 842 kt in 2014. Whilst difficult to quantify, an estimated 60 per cent of the reported tonnage is from household bottles, pots, tubs and trays, the remainder from commercial and industrial sources. So there is still some way to go, and a reliance on household plastic packaging collections to help achieve the target tonnage.

„This is well ahead of the European plastic packaging recycling target which has been fixed at 22.5 per cent for a number of years. This target is widely anticipated to be revised upwards under the current review of waste and packaging directives linked to the proposed circular economy package.“

The full report is available under Recoup.org.

Source: Recycling of Used Plastics Limited (Recoup)