Is this really such a concern?
Surely we should be thinking outside the box.
We can now make Bio-degradable Plastics from Biomass with equal and better properties than PET which cost barely £100 per tonne to make and these can be recaptured and then:
(i) given a pre-set time feature to allow them to decompose within a set time period from 24 hours to say 6 months or more,
(ii) turned back into reused biomass to make renewable fuels - biogas (methane or hydrogen) once declared obsolete
and these plastics can be used as an option for glass canisters as well as tin cans.
This process and procedure is here already and available.
So let's therefore use some initiative here.
Yet again the Recycling Industry bemoans the facts that they have had it too good for too long making money out of the General Public for services of dumping materials to the Far East at practically zero costs at a phenomenal charge.
Recycled paper can be cleaned and converted to other products.
So do not moan but go for it.
It seems that there are always nay-sayers around.
What is wrong with bio-plastics that are made to self decompose once collected. The self-decomposition time can be set for any time interval from a few hours or days or months to - say - a year and more.
We already make these.
Why is this so?
In other countries it has not made a slightest difference.
There is so much money to be made in waste (as it always was even when recycling collections were sent to China) that this bears little if any credence.
Comment on: Sector reels from Malaysia dumps
The waste industry is just attempting to go around the outside of the regulations. This is fraudulent behaviour.