Recresco has launched a mixed plastics collection service in response to reprocessors and local authorities demands.
The companys core business is glass recycling but development manager John Ferguson said the demand for recycled plastics has been growing.
Commenting on recent concerns about material quality for export, he said: At one time Asia was a big market for mixed plastics. But the demand in the UK is taking over as the demand for oil and plastics rises. More UK processing plants are opening, which is also driving demand.
He explained that the company had been providing a plastics collection service but councils had wanted to know why mixed plastics were not collected. He said, [such collections were] impossible because no one wanted them.
Now the market is turning towards mixed plastics and processors will take them. We see this as an opportunity in the broader sense to expand and help local authorities reduce the amount of plastics sent to landfill.
A wider range of grades can now be collected in Recresco bring banks or the company will collect material in bulk. This means all household bottles, margarine tubs, yogurt pots, food trays and drink cups (PET/E, HDPE, polyprop and polystyrene) will be collected.