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Plastic Waste

Experts urge you to recycle right


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. 

If you would like to make an enquiry or if you require further information, please  contact us. 

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