Survey finds a household rigid plastic recycling rate of 44 per cent

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27th October 2015 11:39 - Chemicals

A recent survey by plastics waste management and recycling specialist, Recoup, has revealed that the household collection rate for rigid Survey finds a household rigid plastic recycling rate of 44 per centplastic packaging in the UK is 44 per cent, in comparison with last year’s 37 per cent.

The collection rate for pots, tubs and trays increased from 21 per cent in 2014, to 30 per cent this year's survey. On the other hand, the collection rate for plastic bottles decreased from 58 per cent in 2014, to 57 per cent in 2015.

The survey of UK local authorities and waste management companies also revealed that the collection rate for plastic bottles decreased, despite a 3.5% increase in collection to 11,500 tonnes, as a result of the rise in plastic bottles on the market.

The 2015 UK household plastics collection survey also revealed that the collection of plastic pots, tubs and trays increased by 12 per cent to 16,700 tonnes. Plastic pots, tubs and trays now make up 30 per cent of the total collections of rigid plastic packaging in UK households, in comparison with 2011 and 2013’s figure of approximately 20 per cent.

Technical Manager at Recoup, Steve Morgan, said of the research findings:

“With the overall recycling rate for rigid plastic packaging at 44% there is too much material that is not collected for recycling. This lost material highlights again the importance of communicating regularly and effectively with consumers.”

With wasted and lost material comes a significant cost, said Recoup. The estimated cost to dispose of plastic bottles that are not being recycled is £25m. The estimated disposal cost of pots, tubs and trays is estimated to be around £37m and £53m.

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