Fresh guidance for councils on environmental and economic quick wins available through collecting rigid plastic packaging such as pots, tubs and trays has been issued by Wrap.
Only a tiny fraction of non-bottle rigid plastics are collected from households at present despite evidence suggesting these materials are growing in value at around £40 per tonne.
Wrap head of collections and quality, Linda Crichton, said: “We know householders want to recycle more of their plastic packaging and that increasing numbers of local authorities want to collect it.
“The challenge is to collect and recycle it effectively without reducing the quality and value of the plastic bottle stream.
“Our new guide provides information on how to collect these materials, and how to communicate with householders to ensure these materials are recycled as effectively as possible.”
WRAP’s guide on rigid plastic packaging collections can be downloaded here
Around 90%, over a million tonnes, of rigid plastic packaging is not recycled, despite studies showing that householders are keen to recycle this material and where collections are provided, yields of all recyclables increase.
Wrap’s mixed plastics loan fund provides financial support to re-processors in England to stimulate the growth of this market.
The first loan recipient, ECO Plastics has used a £1.15m loan to help finance a facility which will recycle an additional 15,000 tonnes of rigid plastic packaging.
WRAP’s materials on communicating plastics collections to residents are available at: www.recyclenowpartners.org.uk.
Local authorities in Wales can access Wales-specific bilingual copies at: www.wasteawarenesswales.org.uk/plasticrecyclingmaterials.html.