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'Two blue whales' worth of dumped plastic recycled

Hundreds of tonnes of plastic waste have been cleared from a site in Bristol, having been dumped by a rogue waste operator.

Clarity Environmental, which was brought in to tidy up, was able to process most of the waste, recycling 340 tonnes of the discarded plastic from the site and sending around 50 tonnes to landfill.

The mountain of waste included wheelie bins, crates, plastic film and empty chemical drums. The Clarity team sorted the plastic for buyers it had lined up.

Barry Dunne

Barry Dunne from Clarity Environmental

Business development specialist at Clarity Environmental, Barry Dunne, said: “By using our knowledge and experience of plastics, in just a number of weeks we have managed to recycle a phenomenal amount – more than the weight of two average blue whales.

“Only a very small amount of the material had to go to landfill. This is a great achievement for Clarity and a great result for the environment.”

Dunne said it was a challenging job because the waste had been poorly managed. It had been crushed under new loads, making it difficult to extract value from materials that “could be, and should have been, recycled”.

Clarity’s managing director David Adams said: “Unfortunately there are sites like this across the country and it’s the landowners that are left with the burden of clearing the sites or facing costly fines.

“In today’s world, with our environment under so much pressure and the ability to recycle an increasing amount of material, it would have been a tragedy to have sent this plastic to landfill.”

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