Veolia opposed to export ban for recyclable plastics

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Resources and waste management company Veolia has said it is opposed to an export ban for recyclable plastics.

Last week, MPs on the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee called for a ban on plastic exports by 2027, with exports reducing ahead of then.

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In a statement, Veolia said that it disagreed with the Committee.

Veolia director of sustainable technology Tim Duret said: “An all out ban on plastic exports would sacrifice the legitimate recycling market for a globally traded commodity.

“The UK is building vital domestic plastics reprocessing infrastructure, but we should retain partnerships with established recycling facilities in Europe to achieve the circular economy and stimulate industry innovation.

“What should be banned is the export of mixed unprocessed plastics and the Environment Agency must be given more resources to tackle waste crime.”