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UK's plastic waste may be dumped overseas instead of recycled

Millions of tons of plastic sent abroad for recycling may be being dumped in landfill

A worker sorts through polyethylene terephthalate bottles in a recycling factory in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Photograph: Zakir Chowdhury/Barcroft

Published on The Guardian website on the 23rd July 2018

 

Millions of tons of waste plastic from British businesses and homes may be ending up in landfill sites across the world, the government’s spending watchdog has warned.

Huge amounts of packaging waste is being sent overseas on the basis that it will be recycled and turned into new products. However, concerns have been raised that in reality much of it is being dumped in sites from Turkey to Malaysia.

Every year, British households throw 22m tons of waste into the bin. Recycling rates have stagnated at about 44% and the UK is unlikely to hit its target of 50% by 2020.

Britain does not have the requisite infrastructure to recycle its own plastic waste, so it is sent abroad.

Packaging recycling obligations require more than 7,000 firms responsible for generating waste to demonstrate that a certain amount has been recycled.

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Incineration going ‘unchecked’ as report highlights Portsmouth pollution

Published in the Portsmouth News on the 17th July 2018
Story by David George

 

PORTSMOUTH’S incinerator is facing claims it is exceeding pollution targets and not being monitored by those in charge, according to a report.

A cross-party report into the pollution caused by incinerators across the country claims Portsmouth is one of those that has exceeded the Environment Agency’s guidances.

The report claims that the owners of the incinerator, which burned 202,192 tonnes of waste last year, are misleading the public by not reporting how much waste is being produced. But Veolia, which runs the incinerator, says it is safe.

It has been calculated in the report that around 4.4 tonnes of PM10 and PM2.5 was produced in 2017, as well as 222.4 tonnes of Nitrous Oxide.

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Green advice and practical examples on how to reduce single-use plastics at local gardening event

Havant Friends of the Earth had a very productive day at the annual Havant & District Horticultural Society Summer Gardening Event held on the 14th July at St. Faiths Church hall in the Pallant.

Our team had a lot of good advice on how to reduce the dependencies of single-use plastic products in day to day life, we also showed some practical examples of how you can easily make the change from plastic products to re-usable green friendly alternatives. There was also a lot of interest in Recycling and what Havant Borough Council were doing to improve their current performance.

We would like to thank all of the team that helped out on the day as it was greatly appreciated.

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