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A panel of recycling experts has called for people to further cut out single use plastics and make a concerted effort to ensure they recycle correctly.
Ran by The Guardian newspaper, the round table included experts such as Marcus Gover, chief executive of WRAP and Jonathan Ritson, policy analyst at Green Alliance.
In an interview with The Guardian, Gover said: “We need to use as little plastic as possible but as much as necessary.”
According to Government figures, the UK uses 2.26m tonnes of plastic packaging a year, with 46.2% of this currently being recovered or recycled.
It therefore makes sense to ensure that the plastics we are using are reused and recycled to benefit the environment.
Joe Kingston, business improvement and group strategy manager for the City of London Corporation’s environmental department, told The Guardian: “Local authorities have good systems for recycling plastics but depend on the public using them.
“For many people it’s not even registering. They put it in their bins and go about their day-to-day lives.”
A WRAP survey found that just over half of UK households dispose of one or more items in the general rubbish that can be collected kerbside for recycling in their area.
Mark Penny, Commercial Manager at J&B Recycling, said: “Recycling is a hugely beneficial way to reduce the impact of the plastics than we use every day.
"At J&B Recycling we recover plastic bottles, pots tubs and trays plus polythene film from mixed kerbside wastes.
"Plus, a range of different plastic waste produced in bulk by businesses. If the right type of plastic is put in the right bin then it will be recycled, it tends to be waste producers and public behaviour that prevents the recycling of plastics being higher.
"Designers and buyers of packaging could also do better by understanding how such products are collected and recovered. If we all did our bit, it would increase the % of plastic waste that is successfully recycled”
J&B Recycling processed 200,000 tonnes of materials from local authority and commercial waste streams last year.
The company’s high-quality outputs include sorted card, corrugated cardboard, paper, plastic bottles, plastic films, aluminium cans, steel cans and glass from glass bottles and jars.
End products include commodities that are sent on for reprocessing and eventually recycled into new products.
For more information on J&B’s recycling services, click here.
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