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Moulders concerned with supply and quality of recycled plastics

About one third of moulders are concerned with the reliability and quality of recycled plastics supply, a survey of British Plastics Federation (BPF) members indicates.

The research was part of a WRAP project on the use of recycled polymers in new products. The survey was conducted by Giraffe Innovation on 100 members of the BPF.

Some 32% of respondents replied ‘no’ to the question “can I get the tonnage I want, when I want, at the right quality?”.

The findings of the report will be presented at REPLAST 2013, the BPF’s plastics recycling seminar, on 6 November 2013. MRW is a media partner of the event.

Some 20% were concerned about the lack of choice of recycled materials and the ability to meet their current specifications, as well as the lack of a common standard for recycled plastics.

Inconsistency of the recycled material compared to virgin polymers could lead to a higher reject rate and a slowing down of the moulding cycle thus increasing cost, they said.

Moulders also indicated that the price differential between recycled and virgin plastics was too small for some companies to justify the risk of using secondary materials.

To promote the use of recycled polymers WRAP is organising a series of open days at recycling facilities. The next one will be at Closed Loop Recycling on 12 November. For more details contact Mark Dowling at Giraffe Innovation at

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