Waste firm urges ac­tion on ‘clear’ re­cy­cling pol­icy

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A SKELMERS­DALE firm says peo­ple are in­creas­ingly con­fused about re­cy­cling and called on the Gov­ern­ment to do more to stop house­hold waste end­ing up in land­fill.

Re­cy­cling and re­new­able en­ergy com­pany Viri­dor has launched the 2018 edi­tion of its UK Re­cy­cling In­dex, shed­ding more light on the UK’s grow­ing pub­lic con­cern over plas­tic use.

The firm, which has a plas­tic re­pro­cess­ing plant in Skelmers­dale, in ad­di­tion to spe­cial­ist glass re­cy­cling fa­cil­i­ties at Ne­w­house, in Scot­land, and in Sh­effield, said the pub­lic wanted to see gov­ern­ment pol­icy which keeps plas­tic cre­ated in the UK here, with re­cy­cled ma­te­rial used to man­u­fac­ture new prod­ucts.

The poll shows that, with pub­lic aware­ness height­ened by tele­vi­sion pro­grammes such as Blue Planet, pub­lic con­cern over plas­tics is at an all-time high with fears of UK “float­ing is­lands of rub­bish” in the next 50 years if more is not done to cap­ture and re­cy­cle plas­tic.

Viri­dor’s re­search has found al­most half (45%) are will­ing to pay ad­di­tional tax on non-re­cy­clable plas­tics and three in five (61%) are more likely to buy prod­ucts with re­cy­cled pack­ag­ing.

Viri­dor man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Phil Pid­ding­ton said: “Pub­lic con­cern over the en­vi­ron­men­tal im­pact of plas­tics con­tin­ues to gain mo­men­tum in the UK, in par­al­lel to a broader aware­ness of the im­por­tance of re­cy­cling gen­er­ally.

“The 2018 In­dex shows that not only are peo­ple in­creas­ingly con­fused over what and how they can re­cy­cle, they’re also be­com­ing less con­fi­dent that busi­nesses or gov­ern­ment are play­ing their re­spec­tive roles in en­sur­ing re­sources are given new life.

“For our part, we are work­ing closely with re­tail­ers and pack­ag­ing man­u­fac­tur­ers to make prod­ucts, in­clud­ing plas­tics, more re­cy­clable. Viri­dor also wants the UK to make it eas­ier for the pub­lic to re­cy­cle more and to in­tro­duce poli­cies that en­cour­age ad­di­tional in­vest­ment in UK re­cy­cling.”

The Viri­dor UK Re­cy­cling In­dex 2018 shows pub­lic con­cern over plas­tics use is at an all-time high

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