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Managing Editor  | April 2017

British Plastics Federation announces plans to boost recycling in U.K.

The British Plastics Federation Recycling Group (BPFRG) recently released a new strategy to boost plastic recycling across the U.K., specifically through industry-led initiatives and regulations, according to an announcement from the federation.



The British Plastics Federation has released a strategy for promoting recycling.
(Wikimedia Commons)


The strategy report seeks to continue the development of a recycling industry in the U.K. with the aim of keeping “valuable plastic material” in the country for use by manufacturers. The group also called for a split plastic packaging recycling target that would separate U.K.-based recycling and importing and would increase over time.


According to the announcement, “The BPFRG also proposes creating an investment fund to help develop new technology, using funding from extended producer responsibility, landfill tax or a minimum price for PRN/PERN.”


This strategy requires standards for all grades of plastic feedstock to create high-quality material for recyclers that will drive demand for recycled products.


Chairman of the Recycling Group Roger Baynham said, “The strategy’s aim is to increase recycling activity in the UK and has been produced in consultation with senior figures in industry.


“By focusing on keeping a valuable waste stream in the UK, refining the feedstock available to recyclers and encouraging the move towards a commercial environment that produces plastic products that are easier to recycle in the first place, the UK plastics recycling sector will get the tools it needs to help exceed its recycling targets and move towards a more sustainable future.”


It was also announced that the federation would be working with the Plastics Industry Recycling Action Plan (PIRAP) to build interest in recycling.


To read the full report from the BPFRG, click http://www.bpf.co.uk/recycling/documents/Default.aspx

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