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UK's plastic waste may be dumped overseas instead of recycled

Millions of tons of plastic sent abroad for recycling may be being dumped in landfill

A worker sorts through polyethylene terephthalate bottles in a recycling factory in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Photograph: Zakir Chowdhury/Barcroft

Published on The Guardian website on the 23rd July 2018

 

Millions of tons of waste plastic from British businesses and homes may be ending up in landfill sites across the world, the government’s spending watchdog has warned.

Huge amounts of packaging waste is being sent overseas on the basis that it will be recycled and turned into new products. However, concerns have been raised that in reality much of it is being dumped in sites from Turkey to Malaysia.

Every year, British households throw 22m tons of waste into the bin. Recycling rates have stagnated at about 44% and the UK is unlikely to hit its target of 50% by 2020.

Britain does not have the requisite infrastructure to recycle its own plastic waste, so it is sent abroad.

Packaging recycling obligations require more than 7,000 firms responsible for generating waste to demonstrate that a certain amount has been recycled.

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Incineration going ‘unchecked’ as report highlights Portsmouth pollution

Published in the Portsmouth News on the 17th July 2018
Story by David George

 

PORTSMOUTH’S incinerator is facing claims it is exceeding pollution targets and not being monitored by those in charge, according to a report.

A cross-party report into the pollution caused by incinerators across the country claims Portsmouth is one of those that has exceeded the Environment Agency’s guidances.

The report claims that the owners of the incinerator, which burned 202,192 tonnes of waste last year, are misleading the public by not reporting how much waste is being produced. But Veolia, which runs the incinerator, says it is safe.

It has been calculated in the report that around 4.4 tonnes of PM10 and PM2.5 was produced in 2017, as well as 222.4 tonnes of Nitrous Oxide.

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Manchester makes a Beeline for new Dutch-style cycling network

£500m is being spent to fund cycling networks in Greater Manchester

Chris Boardman: ‘If you want to make people change their habits you’ve got to give them a viable alternative.’ Photograph: Christopher Thomond for the Guardian

Published on The Guardian website on 27th June 2018
Story by Helen Pidd, North of England editor

 

A thousand miles of safe cycling and walking routes are to be created in Greater Manchester after an Olympic gold medallist persuaded town hall bosses to spend as much on cyclists and pedestrians as Amsterdam and other cycling nirvanas.

The network – named Beelines, in homage to Manchester’s civic symbol of the worker bee – includes 75 miles of Dutch-style segregated lanes and will be the largest joined-up network in the UK.

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