Residents to be told to stop recycling plastic by council

Only a third of the plastic in packaging pots and trays for food bought by households can be recycled

Only a third of the plastic in packaging pots and trays for food bought by households can be recycled

The allegations include claims that exporters are falsely claiming for tens of thousands of tonnes of plastic waste that might not exist and that United Kingdom plastic waste is not being recycled and is being left to leak into rivers and oceans.

Much of the UK's recycling was previously sent to China and since the restrictions came in at the beginning of the year, councils have been forced to find other options.

One of the ideas is that residents should no longer have plastic collected separately, instead putting it into their general waste collection.

Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council has told residents to recycle only plastic bottles, shampoo and bleach bottles, leaving all other plastic in regular waste bins.

A company that supplies 50 plastic banks to the two councils and many more to others has stockpiled around 40 tons of plastic since July because there is nowhere to get rid of it. Many other councils are expected to follow suit. Fourteen councils across the country say their recycling costs have increased by an average of half a million pounds a year, in part because of rising processing charges per tonne.

Following China's historic 2017 ban on the import of plastic waste, new data from Japan's Environment Ministry shows that local governments in the nation are foundering in garbage that they do not know what to do with.

"Our ambition is to handle more of our waste in the UK".

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"This is a national issue affecting other local authorities around the country". For example, Malaysia has imposed a three-month ban on importing scrap plastic and Vietnam is looking at banning imports. To deal with the problem, the Japanese ministry said it will expand domestic capacity to process plastic waste.

The Daily Mail has led the way in highlighting the scourge of global plastic pollution with its Turn The Tide On Plastic campaign.

'It's essential that the Government provides support to help councils offset the loss of income they face as a result of the ban and encourage manufacturers to use more recyclable materials.

The council's cabinet member for regulatory services and the environment Hayley Eachus said: "There has been a drop in the market for recycling mixed plastics making it unviable for the company providing mixed plastic bring banks in the borough to sell on the material for recycling".

Currently, businesses that produce packaging make a very small contribution towards the collection and recycling of the resulting waste by paying money into the Packaging Recycling Obligation system.

"We will set out our reforms to reduce waste and increase recycling in our Resources and Waste Strategy later this year".

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