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Plastics recycling chief reponds to quality concerns

A leading plastics reprocessor has said he is proud of the work he and fellow plastic recylers are doing to supply high quality recyclate.

Chris Dow

Chris Dow, left, chief executive of Closed Loop Recycling, said the plastics recycling sector was collaborating with companies such as M&S and working with the dairy industry to supply “high quality UK-sourced recyclate that can be used in new food and drink packaging”.

“Our industry is still relatively young but we have come a very long way in a short amount of time,” he said.

Dow was responding to the results of a survey of the sector by the British Plastics Federation.

As MRW has reported, plastics processors indicated in the survey that factors deterring the greater use of recycled polymers include the unreliability of recyclate supply and client specifications.

The industry chief called for an exemption from the PRN obligation for the amount of recycled content that processors use in their packaging every year.

“This would act as a huge incentive for more companies to include recycled material in their packaging, increasing demand for recyclate which in turn would provide a boost to the UK recycling industry,” said Dow.

He also praised brands and companies that that are already increasing the proportion of recycled polymers they use in their product.


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