Plastics manufacturers say reliability of supply puts them off using recycled material


A survey of British Plastics Federation (BPF) members has found that more than a third of them believe reliability of supply prevents them from using more recycled material.

In the Business Conditions Survey, around 100 BPF members gave their opinions on the state of the plastics market in January.


While 38 per cent of those who are plastics processors said they use recycled polymers, 37 per cent of these blamed reliability of supply for not using more material.

Another 32 per cent said client specification was the reason, while 15 per cent said cost, and another 15 per cent difficulty in processing.

For 2013, BPF members are expecting an increase in UK sales turnover, and recyclers were among a group of plastics companies that were found to be particularly optimistic.

BPF director general Peter Davis said: “Our survey attracted a record response from 100 companies, drawn from all parts of the industry. The plastics industry is confident about sales this year and most plan to make investments in plant and equipment.”