The British Plastics Federation’s Recycling Group (BPFRG) has revealed that its members recycled more than half a million tonnes of plastic for the first time in 2011.
Around 87 per cent of its members completed the survey with a total of 517,000 tonnes being recycled.
PE was the most recovered material with 271,855 tonnes either reduced through processes such as granulation, melt processed or sorted for re-sale.
Next was PET with 114,559 tonnes recovered, followed by PP with 85,588 recovered.
BPF chairman Roger Baynham said: “The BPFRG continues to see strong growth in its membership and this survey reinforces our position at the forefront of the UK plastics recycling industry.
“However, the increased packaging recycling targets set by the Government are challenging and will only be achieved by creating a credible route map which must address the UK’s over-reliance on export markets for plastics waste.”