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Preliminary survey finds almost half of plastic bottles recycled in UK

45% of plastic bottles in the UK are now being collected for recycling, according to preliminary findings from a new packaging survey.

Commissioned by plastics recycling charity Recoup, the initial results from the 2010 UK Household Plastics Packaging Collection Survey demonstrate a 6% increase on the 216,067 tonnes of plastic bottles collected for recycling in 2008.

Over 260,000 tonnes  of plastic bottles were collected in 2009, with over 215,000 tonnes collected through kerbside systems, according to data provided by waste collection authorities and unitary authorities.

The report also indicates that 84 local authorities are reported to be actively collecting non-bottle plastics for recycling (mixed plastics), with over 40k tonnes collected in 2009.

Recoup senior project officer Marcel Arsand said: “These represent the initial headlines from the 2010 survey. We are encouraged that there appears to be positive and steady progress in the UK, a reflection of the good work of all those involved across the local authority and Waste Management sectors, and of the course the consumers who are recognising the importance of recycling and playing their part.”

The full report will be published by Recoup in October.

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