Recycling collections not at risk - councillor

January 26 2018

News that China and Hong Kong are no longer taking the UK’s mixed plastic waste is likely to cause a problem in some local authorities.

News that China and Hong Kong are no longer taking the UK’s mixed plastic waste is likely to cause a problem in some local authorities.

Myths abound that collected materials get land filled but that is not been the experience in Bristol as Green Party councillor, Martin Fodor explained in a recent statement he made to the Mayor at Member Forum.

“I was delighted, though not surprised, to see the Bristol Waste Company statement that confirms our recycling collections are not at risk currently and were not going directly to China. To me this shows how valuable our current kerbside, ‘sorted at source,’ methodology is. We have some of the highest quality recyclables collected and available for use again and it all has a market.”

“We’re assured all the materials collected have markets, which is vital for the viability of our service. 

“The value of our reclaimed materials will still be at risk, as even high grade sorted materials are now liable to drop in value, due to the very limited domestic industrial demand for such resources. If we had a mixed recyclable system compacted in a waste lorry this quality would be at risk. 

“The positive news is that if we keep the quality high, and improve uptake to collect more presorted materials, then some of the shrinking income can be made up and the landfill tax penalties can be avoided,” Martin added.