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UK recycler handles Antarctic waste

Waste recycler Pearsons has been appointed by the British Antarctic Survey (BAS) to handle some of the waste generated by its scientists in Antarctica.

Scientists from the British Antarctic Survey ensure they recycle their waste

This year the BAS has recycled over a third of the waste generated from its stations in Antarctica and South Georgia.

Three truck loads of segregated recyclables including paper, cardboard, plastic, aluminium, steel, glass, textiles, fluorescent tubes and electrical goods were collected at the Grimsby docks and taken back to Pearsons Thetford facility for sorting and recycling.

Waste that cannot be recycled from the BAS station is taken to the Falkland Islands for landfill.

Pearsons managing director Jo Pearson said: We pride ourselves on being able to handle just about anything, but recycling waste from Antarctica is unusual, even for us!

The BAS runs nine research programmes and operates five research stations, two Royal research ships and five aircraft in and around Antarctica.

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