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Linpac calls for better quality recycled waste collections

Plastic recycling company Linpac Packaging Recycling has called on the Government to increase single material collections rather than commingled collections.

The Yorkshire based company believes that improving the way household waste is collected for recycling will increase the value of the material.

Linpac is calling for an increase in single material collections in line with practice in countries like Holland and Belgium.

Linpac Packaging Recycling purchasing manager Bernard Chase said: Rather than maximising throughput, the UK needs to encourage a robust recycling process with the emphasis on quality rather quantity. Keeping green bin collections segregated and as clean as possible will improve the quality of all recyclable materials.

Even where households separate out their glass, tins, plastics and paper, there are no guarantees that they will remain separated. Government targets for lowering the amount of landfill and increasing volumes of recycling means collections are often mixed together for convenience.

Chase added that the UK should be recycling more of its own waste rather than shipping some plastics to countries like China. He said: Creating a sustainable source of clean segregated recyclable materials would increase domestic recycling. By processing cleaner materials, British companies can produce a better quality of recycled plastics.

Up until recently countries like China have been desperate for raw materials and have been willing to take whatever they can get their hands on. It is easier for local authorities or materials recycling facilities (MRFs) to commingle collections and pass the waste on.

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