A guide to help plastics recyclers achieve top materials prices, while maximising transport efficiency has been launched by plastics recycling advisors Recoup. The publication Domestic Mixed Plastics Packaging Recycling Guide focuses on the big opportunities and issues that have come with the growth in local authority collections.
It sets out specifications to identify which plastics can currently be recycled and suggest ways to minimise contamination.
Recoup director of business development Stuart Foster said: Recoup works in partnership with our members and organisations from across the industry, in the UK and Europe. [We] develop efficient plastics packaging recycling schemes, of which domestic mixed plastics packaging recycling is the next big opportunity.
"This is a just a starting point. The guide will be updated in accordance with the progress in the UK and Europe. If we can work towards a common goal and a common guide then that would be to the benefit of all. Equally we welcome comments on the document and for those who would like to support the document we are happy to add your company logo.
What does the guide cover?
* Primary principles
* Recyclability by design
* Which mixed plastics packaging can currently be recycled
* Why the limitations are identified
* The importance of material quality
* Optimising transport costs