Waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) and automotive sectors, as well as packaging, will provide key challenges and opportunities for plastic recyclers in the future, according to the new chairman of the British Plastic Federation (BPF) Recycling Group.
Roger Baynham, who is also director of Philip Tyler Polymers, told MRW: “It is critical that plastic recycling is commercially sustainable in the long term. If plastic recycling cannot be profitable it won’t be sustainable.
“In the coming years, there are likely to be huge challenges and opportunities for members – for example, the aspirations of the Plastics 20:20 Challenge to recycle 50% of packaging waste by 2020 plus, of course, targets and legislation driving WEEE and automotive recycling.”
Sub-groups within the recycling group now allow specific focus on areas such as food contact plastic recyclers, exporters and those who specialise in recycling films, WEEE and end-of-life vehicles.
Baynham took over the chairmanship from Mark Burstall when the BPF Recycling Group, formerly known as the BPF Recycling Council, was made a full member of the BPF. It is hoped the move “will provide the plastic recycling industry with a more robust platform to influence industry and government”, Baynham added.