WRAP guide on collecting and recycling rigid plastic packaging
WRAP has published a guide prepared for local authorities on collecting and recycling rigid plastic packaging (pots, tubs and trays) which seeks to explain the opportunities and challenges associated with targeting this material at the kerbside (commonly alongside plastic bottles). The guide, produced with support from AMEC and Axion, provides information on common products falling within this definition, how they are handled within MRFs (materials recovery facilities) and PRFs (plastic recovery facilities), the export market and key communications considerations. It also includes case studies on local authorities and companies that have found ways to ensure the material is positively recycled, which depends on downstream infrastructure being configured to handle this material. There remain challenges associated with films and black plastic packaging which remain the focus of other WRAP-funded work.
A prominent list of industry stakeholders including local authorities, waste management companies and recyclers/reprocessors attended a workshop that helped identify the key issues affecting the management of rigid plastic packaging in the recycling supply chain. Their positive input and the combination of AMEC and our partner Axion's expert knowledge of the subject area have all contributed to the guide. Contact Geoff Sampson for further details.
Click here to download the guide: http://www.wrap.org.uk/sites/files/wrap/Rigid_Plastics_Guide_May_12.pdf
Background to the guide: http://www.wrap.org.uk/content/wrap-launches-guide-household-rigid-plastic-packaging-collections
Axion's website: http://www.axionrecycling.com/consulting.cfm
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