30 Apr '18, 9am

Why the UK Plastics Pact doesn't go far enough

A group of supermarkets and other stores announced with much fanfare that within the next seven years they are planning to cut out non-recyclable plastic packaging. This is good news – although chiefly for the way it demonstrates that public concern about plastic waste - well stirred by Blue Planet II - is forcing reaction from the polluters. But there’s a crucial point to make about the announcement: 'recyclable' doesn’t mean an object is going to be recycled. Drowning in recyclables Yes, it is good if we stop producing the black plastic trays and film that can only end up in landfill or wasteful, polluting incineration. But our plastics recycling facilities are already groaning with over-supply of recyclables from the impact of the Chinese decision to stop importing most plastic waste for recycling there. That’s when only about a third of the 3.7 million tonnes of the si...

Full article: https://theecologist.org/2018/apr/30/why-uk-plastics-pact...

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