Could China’s import ban create a step change for UK recycling

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According to the Local Government Association, this limited compliance scheme generated £111m in 2013, of which just £37m went towards collection. In contrast, it costs local authorities £550m to collect and sort packaging material. Evidently, the recommendations are being echoed by the sector.

“With China’s import bans on plastic waste and demand for plastics growing exponentially, there is a pressing need to create a step change in plastic recycling capacity,” chemical recycling firm Recycling Technologies’ chief executive Adrian Griffiths said.

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