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No need for plastic bag tax, says recycling company

The Government should rely more on plastic recycling companies to reduce plastic bag waste then introduce a levy on them, has said one Midlands based recycling company.

Omnia Recycling based in Wolverhampton said that plastic bags are not a problem and it is what is done with the used ones that needs addressing. 

The firm can take all types of mixed plastic waste including yoghurt pots, margarine tubs, crisp packets and carrier bags which it turns into products like fence posts and garden furniture. The company claims that for every tonne of plastic material it takes in, one tonne of recycled material is created.

Omnia Recycling managing director Jason Barker said: We are turning a growing problem into an asset.

We have invested heavily in the development of our plant in Wolverhampton and can recycle over 100 tonnes a week of waste plastic with it. This represents the domestic plastic waste generated by around 500,000 people.

Barkers comments come after the Chancellors budget where Alistair Darling confirmed that he was ready to introduce laws on plastic bag charging if retailers did not do so by 2009. An Omnia Recycling spokesperson said: We believe that the Government should not be taking drastic measures such as introducing a levy on plastic bags. This could result in job losses. A more sustainable way is to recycle plastic bags rather than just introduce a quick short fix.

The firm has plans to introduce a second plant and have plans to roll the technology out all over the UK through partnership with local authorities.

There is no reason why we cannot have a plant in every major conurbation in the country and this is indeed our ambition and drive for the next five years, said Barker.

Now that we have developed the technology it is easy to see just how quickly we can roll it out when you consider that for a cost of just over £1 million we can build a plant capable of recycling the plastic waste generated by 500,000 local people, anywhere in the world, in under six months.

Image: Omnia Recycling fence post

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