30 Apr '18, 7pm

UK Plastic Recycling Infrastructure Requires $120M Investment

UK Plastic Recycling Infrastructure Requires $120M Investment

(Photo: Landfill waste. Courtesy of Axion) Most flexible plastic packaging in the UK can be recycled, but the collection, sorting, and recycling infrastructure to make that happen requires an investment of around $120 million, says British resource recovery company Axion Group. Approximately 414,000 metric tons of plastic-based flexible packaging is placed on the UK market each year, according to Axion, a Cheshire-based company operating in the resource recovery sector . Flexible packaging — including plastic bags, candy wrappers, frozen food bags and pouches — makes up 27% of consumer plastic packaging in the country but most of that heads to landfills or energy recovery. The latest figures show that recycling rates in the UK have stalled, Axion says. After jumping from 12 to 40% from 2001 to 2010, the rates only rose to 45.2% for 2016 – 2017. “The big problem is the lack...

Full article: https://www.environmentalleader.com/2018/04/uk-plastic-re...

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