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Plastic food pots and trays are often unrecyclable, say councils

Councils are sending two thirds of plastic food tubs and trays to landfill. GETTY IMAGES

Published on the BBC News website on the 4th April 2018
Story by Matt McGrath, Environmental Correspondent

 

Most of the plastic food containers that householders wash out after use and put in the recycling bin cannot actually be recycled, it has emerged.

The mixture of plastics used in many yogurt pots, ready meal trays and other containers limits the ability of councils to recycle them.

The Local Government Association says that only a third can be reused. The rest get sent to landfill.

The plastics industry said it was committed to reducing waste.

The British Plastics Federation said firms needed a financial incentive to choose more recyclable plastics.

The LGA says the government should consider a ban on low-grade plastics.

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How Portsmouth and Southampton are teaming up in the fight against plastic waste

Plastic waste has become an increasingly serious issue.

Published in the Portsmouth News on the 25th July 2018
Story by David George

 

A FREE event at the University of Portsmouth will see the city join up with Southampton in the ongoing battle against plastic waste.

The event, called See Bin, Sea Change, is being held on Sunday at the university’s Portland Building in Portland Street – to raise awareness of the ongoing plastic pollution issue that faces our oceans.

The News is backing the Final Straw Solent’s campaign against plastic.

From 10am-4pm there will be talks from experts from the University of Portsmouth and University of Southampton explaining how we are detecting micro plastics in our food chain and in the environment, and how we can avoid single use plastic in our lives.

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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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