Kerbside collection rates for plastic bottles saw an increase of 27% on previous years, according to a new survey.
Commissioned by plastics recycling adviser Recoup and plastics manufacturer Nampak, the UK Household Plastics Packaging Collection Survey 2010 found that 215,576 tonnes of plastic bottles were collected through kerbside recycling schemes in 2009. This represents a rise of 46,610 tonnes on the previous year’s figure.
According to the survey, a total of 360 local authorities now offer plastic bottle collection through kerbside recycling to a total of 23.3 million households. This represents an increase of five million households on the 2008 figure.
The collection rate for non-bottle plastic packaging has also increased: 35,442 tonnes of material were collected by kerbside collection in 2009, an increase of 78% over the 2009 figure. The survey also found that 98 local authorities now provide a collection service for such materials, with 84 of those authorities collecting through kerbside.
In total, 303,412 tonnes of plastic packaging were collected from bring and kerbside schemes for recycling by local authorities in 2009.
Plastics 2020 Challenge spokesman Barry Turner said: “Recycling of the majority of routine household plastic waste is now a reality for over 6.5 million households. This can grow steadily as we enter the next decade if the sorting and reprocessing infrastructure is allowed to continue to expand.
“This trend must continue next year but still has a very long way to go to reach the 23 million homes now putting out plastic bottles for kerbside collection. This shows what can be achieved when the system joins up to deliver environmental benefits for all.”