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Warning as plastic recycling soars

Non-bottle plastic recycling grew dramatically last year, a report has revealed.

Plastics recycling trade body Recoup found that 76,300 tonnes of the material was collected in 2010, up from 40,363 tonnes the previous year.

Meanwhile more than 281,000 tonnes of plastic bottles were collected, up from 263,049 the previous year. 48.5%. 

Stuart Foster, Recoup chief executive

Stuart Foster, Recoup chief executive from December

Stuart Foster, deputy chief executive at Recoup (left) said: “It is really exciting to be able to follow plastic packaging collection scheme progress over the years.”

But the Recoup survey suggests bottle collection rates over the next five years will struggle to meet the burgeoning demand for material.

It also suggests that non-bottle collection rates will increase significantly, requiring urgent investment in sorting infrastructure and further development of sustainable and auditable end markets.

Foster said: “The data should ring some alarm bells for policy makers as well as those organisations across the plastic supply, collection and recycling chain.”

In a separate development, Recoup announced that Foster, who has been at the organisation for nine years, will be promoted to chief executive when current chief executive John Simmons steps down on 13 December.

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