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More plastics recycling potential in Yorkshire

New research from Recycling Action Yorkshire (RAY) suggests that plastics reprocessors in Yorkshire and Humber could recycle considerably more plastic if collections were expanded.

The research, conducted by Recoup, identified significant demand for plastic bottles from reprocessors in Yorkshire and the Humber. It found that 32,000 tonnes of plastic bottles are potentially available from regional domestic sources but a lack of collection schemes within the region means material is imported from as far away as Germany.

RAY intends to match reprocessors’ needs with collection schemes and wants to create a regional action plan to improve the level of plastics recycling. It feels that one of the main opportunities for this is through the extension of kerbside collections.

RAY programme director Andrew Hartley said: “Plastics reprocessors make up a diverse sector within Yorkshire and the Humber, however, uncertainties about the long-term supply of plastic feedstock along with strong competition for UK collected plastics from overseas markets means that regional reprocessors are experiencing challenging times.”

To address the issues RAY has organised a one-day workshop in Huddersfield on May 10, where interested parties can contribute to the development of the plan. It will include presentations from local authorities, reprocessors, and the Waste and Resources Action Programme.

To download a copy of the research or book a place at the workshop see www.recyclingaction-yorkshire.org.uk or contact Steven Ogden: steven.ogden@recyclingaction-yorkshire.org.uk

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