13 Mar '17, 3pm

UK exporting 67% of plastic waste amid 'illegal practices' warnings - The Ecologist

UK exporting 67% of plastic waste amid 'illegal practices' warnings - The Ecologist

It makes no sense - either economic or environmental - to send used plastics out of the country. Collected properly, the recapture, re-use and recycling of these plastics would create jobs and lead to cleaner environments. The UK exported more of its plastic packaging waste abroad for recycling in 2016 than in any of the three years previously, according to a new analysis by Energydesk. The data comes as industry insiders warn that waste sent abroad may be incinerated or buried rather than being recycled. More than two thirds (67%) of plastic packaging waste was exported for recycling in the first three quarters of 2016, up from 61% in the same period the year before and 60% in 2014. Over 515,000 tonnes of plastic packaging was exported from the UK in the first three quarters of 2016, alone. Much of this was shipped to Asia. In evidence to a recent government consultation ...

Full article: http://www.theecologist.org/News/news_round_up/2988755/uk...

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