Recycling Targets to Drive Recycling Revolution for UK

Posted on March 10, 2012 by DrRossH in Plastic Waste News

Recycling Targets to Drive Recycling Revolution for UK – Waste Mangagement World.

The UK realising more and more that plastic packaging waste is a majour source of plastic waste and it needs to be recovered for recycling to save on new resources and to use less energy.

There could be some simple restraints put on the manufacturing industry that would still allow them to package their food as they prefer, but would ensure that recovery and recycling efficiency became very high.

1) If they all used the same material, clear or coloured HDPE which is easily recycled.  A the moment there are a number of different plastics being used by different manufacturers for the exact same job.  Some are recyclable and some are not.   Why?   Make it all the same material and an easy one to recycle.

2) If they preloaded the plastic with a landfill-biodegradable additive, then the plastic can be recycled as normal, but for those that do go to a landfill, they will biodegrade away in a few years, not linger for 100’s of years as they do now.  This just costs a cent or two more than now per plastic container.  i.e. insignificant cost but substantial environmental benefit.