Recoup calls for 70% of plastic bottles recycling in the UK

26 March 2012 (Last Updated March 26th, 2012 18:30)

UK’s plastics waste management charity Recoup has called for 70% plastic bottle recycling in the next five years, to meet the demands of established bottle reprocessors in the UK.

Plastic bottles recycling

UK's plastics waste management charity Recoup has called for 70% plastic bottle recycling in the next five years, to meet the demands of established bottle reprocessors in the UK.

According to Recoup, 48.5% of the 580,000t of plastic bottles entering the waste stream in 2010 was recycled.

Recoup chief executive Stuart Foster said the organisation's UK Plastics Packaging Collection Survey 2011 report 70% should be the aim for 2017.

"Alongside this, sorting facilities must produce plastic bottle bales that meet longstanding Recoup recommended contamination levels of not more than 5% non-bottles," Foster said.

The report said that in 2010 inferred 500,000t-600,000t of non-bottle rigid plastic packaging entered the household waste and recycling systems.

A total of 357,461t of household plastic packaging were reported as collected for recycling that year, which includes 281,097t of plastic bottles and 76,364t of non-bottle rigids.

As indicated by the report, England accounts for 79% of total UK plastic bottle collections, while Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland represent 8%, 6% and 3.6% respectively.

Non-bottle rigid plastics recycling rate is expected to be between 12% and 15%, as observed by the report.

The UK is estimated to collect 431,000t of bottles for recycling by 2020, which reflects a 61% bottle recycling rate.

 

Image: About 500,000t-600,000t of non-bottle rigid plastic packaging entered the household waste and recycling systems in 2010. Photo: kangshutters