UK industry is 'nowhere near ready' to recycle its own plastics

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Ecosurety have said the UK is nowhere near ready to create enough recycling plants to deal with plastic waste

The UK’s plastics recycling industry is “nowhere near ready” to create the number of recycling plants required to deal with all of the UK’s waste, according to compliance specialist Ecosurety.

It says the country will need to continue exporting its plastic waste overseas or incinerate it while recycling capacity and the market for plastics is built up in the UK.

James Piper, managing director of Ecosurety, argued government intervention is needed to keep up with exporters.

He said: “There is simply no way our country will be able to conjure up the number of plants needed to deal with this waste build up.

“The hard fact is that government will need to inject financial and market incentives for those companies which want to invest in plastic reprocessing infrastructure.”

Ecosurety also argue UK householders should have to become better at sorting plastic for recycling.

They are now calling for a nationwide campaign backed by government to educate households about how to recycle their plastic waste properly.

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