How Two Thirds Of The Plastics We Put Out For Recycling Still End Up In The Landfill Because They Cannot Be Treated

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How Two Thirds Of The Plastics We Put Out For Recycling Still End Up In The Landfill Because They Cannot Be Treated

TWO-thirds of plastics put by for recycling cannot be treated — instead ending up in landfill or incinerated.

Town hall chiefs want firms to cut the wide variety of plastics used to package foods to help cut waste and increase recycling.

Getty – Contributor Two thirds of the plastics you put by for recycling will end up in the landfill – this is why

The Local Government Association said 525,000 tons of throwaway pots, tubs and trays are used by households a year.

But too many plastic products contain low grade polymers, such as polystyrene, that cannot be reused — meaning just 169,145 tons are recycled.

The LGA said manufacturers should work with councils to stop unrecyclable plastic getting into the system.

And the Government should look at banning low-grade plastics.

AFP or licensors The LGA has called on the Government to ban low-grade plastics that are unrecyclable

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