Axion Polymers has raised concerns over increasing shortages of usable plastics waste in the UK. It has joined calls to reduce the dependence on export of valuable waste streams that should remain in the UK to support the country’s green economic growth.
The company argues that from a sustainability angle, it is important to process UK-collected raw materials into high grade recyclates and products at home, as well as in terms of maximising domestic industry potential and creation of jobs in a young and growing recycling industry.
Axion Director Keith Freegard says: “Getting the right quality and consistent, regular volume is a real issue and many share serious concerns over valuable resources being lost to our industry through export. There’s also the issue of maintaining confidence with the 70% or so of households that are diligently collecting and sorting their plastic packaging waste and those making the effort to take WEEE items to Civic Amenity sites for recycling.
“However a failure in the current market structure is preventing this closed-loop route from working efficiently due to the ease of exporting the WEEE plastic waste to regions where the need for volume overrides quality.”