United Kingdom – The UK managed to attain another milestone by recycling a total of 517 394 tonnes of plastics in 2011, concludes the latest annual survey from the British Plastics Federation (BPF). A little over 100 000 tonnes of the recycled plastics was exported, it is added.
A little over 100 000 tonnes of the recycled plastics was exported, it is added. ‘2011 has been an important milestone for the BPF, with members recycling a total of 517 000 tonnes of plastics and breaking the half-million-tonne barrier for the first time,’ the organisation underlines.
But despite the promising results, BPF’s Chairman Roger Baynham notes: ‘The increased packaging recycling targets set by the government are challenging and will only be achieved by creating a credible route map which must address the UK’s over-reliance on export markets for its plastics waste.’
In terms of the volumes of raw material received as input to the recycler, the construction and demolition sector came out on top with 314 106 tonnes (23%), with the end-of-life vehicles market a close second on 302 061 tonnes (22%). Meanwhile, post-consumer household packaging – most notably bottles – totalled 253 720 tonnes (18.5%), and waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) amounted to 130 739 tonnes (9.5%).
According to the BPF, 25 of its 40 members submitted data for the survey, comprising 87% of the organisation’s total membership by turnover.
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