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Video highlights impact of contamination

The Resource Association has released a five-minute video to raise awareness on the impact on contamination on recycling.

The short film, titled “Contamination - The Enemy of Recycling”, is another initiative part of the Recycling Quality Information Point project, which aims at clarifying the reprocessors’ position on materials collections.

“[Contamination of recyclate] costs UK industry at least £50m a year to clean up poor quality material that arrives at our factory gates,” said Ray Georgeson, chief executive at the Resource Association.

“The video illustrates in some detail the issues the UK manufacturing industry faces from the material that comes from many British households.”

The video features recovered plastic, paper and metal recyclers outlining the problems that contaminants cause to their activities.

They all cite communication and consistent messaging for consumers as the best tool to improve material quality.

“Major contributors to the recycling supply chain are losing out - local authorities are missing out on value, the recycling industry bears a cost of clean-up and this slows the investment and job creation potential of our industry at a time when we need it more than ever,” said Georgeson.

“We want to assist councils in understanding better the impact of contamination and importantly, what we can do together to improve this.”

The video is available here.                                             

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