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Plastics sector seeks action on exports

The British Plastics Federation’s Recycling Group (BPFRG) has called for action to address the UK’s reliance on export markets for its plastics waste.

The call came as the group released the results of its 2011 Annual Return Survey which showed members recycling a total of 517,000 tonnes of plastics - the first time the sector has passed the 500,000 figure.

Chairman Roger Baynham said “The increased packaging recycling targets set by the government are challenging and will only be achieved by creating a credible route map which must address the UK’s over-reliance on export markets for its plastics waste.”

The report also showed that respondents issued PRNs and PERNs for a total of 144,811 tonnes. However, 74% of the tonnage was for export (PERNs). This is a similar proportion reported in Environment Agency data for 2008 and 2009.

  • BPF secured responses from 25 of its 40 members representing more than 2,100 employees and a total turnover of £267.5m.

BPF survey total tonnage

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