Recyclers of aluminium, plastic and glass are expecting bumper materials collections over the next couple of weeks as the public drink more due to the hot weather and Royal wedding celebrations.
According to merchants and recyclers, more waste created through increased drinking from the unusually hot April weather, combined with the beginning of a run of bank holiday weekends, is expected to filter through in the next few weeks.
Glass recycler Recresco director Tim Gent said: “We expect increased glass collections from the bank holiday and hot weather to hit next week.
“Because of the four-day week last week, we had very poor volumes and we only have three working days this week and another four next week. But hopefully if people are celebrating it will have a positive impact on the amount of glass collected, as people will be drinking more.”
Gent added that glass collections have been unusually low for the last few months. After a traditional dip in February volumes tend to recover by March but this year the dip has lasted until April.
Another materials merchant said: “We’re working as normal across the public holidays in order to get all the work done. But we have actually seen a 50% increase in the amount of glass coming in this week. It seems that the tonnage of glass and cans being collected has risen because of the good weather over the bank holidays and we’re expecting more from the bank holidays to come.”
Alupro executive director Rick Hindley added: “Peak consumption for aluminium cans is usually summer but it is very weather-dependent. Now we’ve had gorgeous weather in April, it seems more cans will feed through into collections, which will hopefully equate to more recycling.” Hindley is also expecting an increase in the amount of foil collected, due to barbeques and royal wedding parties.
Plastic bottle recycler Closed Loop managing director Chris Dow said: “We haven’t seen any disruption to collections really. We have a big enough yard to ensure there is some flexibility to our operations. The good weather usually equates to drinking weather so we are expecting an increase in plastic bottles being collected to come through in the next few weeks.”