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Mountain of homeless plastic waste predicted

The UK could face a plastic mountain in the near future, according to a body funded by the Government to predict waste problems.

Technological advances will mean vast amounts of the material must be recycled but will have no market, the Market Transformation Programme fears.

It believes plastic television screens will become mainstream and banned from landfill sites under the Waste Electrical Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive.

Spokesman Paul White said: "The latest trend in Japan is for plastic television screens. That is the way the market is going.

"Plastic will be the problem under the WEEE Directive, not glass."

There is only a small market for recycled plastic in the UK, with most of the small amount collected being sent abroad for reprocessing.

"We have to deal with this problem soon or we will face a plastics mountain," added White.

The Market Transformation Programme received £2 million from the Government's Business Resource Efficiency and Waste programme.

This scheme redistributes the money the Government will get as the Landfill Tax rises over the coming years.

"This money will allow us to expand the work we are doing on resource efficiency, encouraging businesses to deliver sustainable products," said White.

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