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Inconsistent recycling costs UK £1.7bn


British recycling is reported to be stalling with recycling rates rising just 0.2% between 2012 and 2013.

The disjointed way recycling is organised across the UK means the country is losing an estimated £1.7bn in material and reuse value each year, according to the Green Alliance.

British recycling is reported to be stalling with recycling rates rising just 0.2% between 2012 and 2013. The disjointed way recycling is organised across the UK means the country is losing an estimated £1.7bn in material and reuse value each year, according to the Green Alliance.

“Outdated policy means that a plastic bottle discarded at home is treated differently across the UK’s 376 waste collection authorities. If the same plastic bottle is discarded at work, it goes through another separate system. In contrast, in Denmark, the same bottle is treated the same way no matter where it is discarded. This makes for a simpler, better recycling system to inject an environmental perspective into the political life of Britain,” said a spokesperson from the independent think tank. 

Green Alliance went on to say that a new report from the Circular Economy Task Force showed how the UK's recycling market isn’t working. “Businesses want to use recycled materials and reprocessors want to build the infrastructure to provide recycled material, but the UK’s current system makes this difficult. We collect just 30% of plastic packaging for recycling, two thirds of which is exported for reprocessing overseas.

Source: recyclingwasteworld.co.uk

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