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MRW : Axion voices concern over shortage of usable UK plastics waste

Date: Tue, 24 May 2011

The company argues that from a sustainability angle, it is important to process UK-collected raw materials into high grade recyclates and products at home, as well as in terms of maximising domestic industry potential and creation of jobs in a young and growing recycling industry.

Axion Director Keith Freegard says: “Getting the right quality and consistent, regular volume is a real issue and many share serious concerns over valuable resources being lost to our industry through export. There’s also the issue of maintaining confidence with the 70% or so of households that are diligently collecting and sorting their plastic packaging waste and those making the effort to take WEEE items to Civic Amenity sites for recycling.

“However a failure in the current market structure is preventing this closed-loop route from working efficiently due to the ease of exporting the WEEE plastic waste to regions where the need for volume overrides quality.”

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