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Lets get the UK recycling – Support our Campaign

Submitted by on May 27, 2010 – 5:00 pm26 Comments

There is a growing body of evidence that shows how woefully behind the rest of Europe the UK is when it comes to limiting and recycling its waste.

 When Suma recently specified a revolutionary recycled and recyclable PET film for its packaging, contact with various waste handling operations revealed they were unwilling to accept the film for recycling mainly on the grounds of its being expensive to handle. This prompted us to advise our customers to push waste PET packaging into their waste PET bottles and then recycle them. However, it also alerted us to the shockingly inadequate recycling infrastructure we have in this country at the moment. That, in turn, prompted us to kick-start a campaign to see if we can improve the situation. Why curse the dark when you can light a candle, after all?

Suma prepacks in recylced pet packaging

Suma prepacks in recylced pet packaging

Copy this and send it / email it directly to your local authority department responsible for rubbish, waste and recycling  and copy to: (You may need to search your councils website for the right email address to send it to)
If you’ve taken part in this campaign, please let us know you’ve participated by leaving a comment on this post, we’ll then be able to judge how successful the campaign has been!


To whom it may concern,

 We feel that the UK is seriously lagging behind in the effort  to increase the amount of waste we, as a nation, divert from landfill into recycling.

 In particular, the amount of plastic waste generated annually in the UK is estimated to be in excess of  3 million tonnes, of which approximately 56% starts its life as packaging.

 In 2006, the UK Government published national packaging recycling and recovery targets requiring 25.5% recovery of plastics waste by 2010.

Although facilities exist for easy-to-collect, profitable-to-process PET containers, other plastic packaging, including recycled PET film, is rejected.

The wholly unimpressive result of this lamentable state of affairs is that less than 10% of total plastic waste arisings are currently being recycled: plastic consigned to landfill can take 500 years to decompose.

We demand that government at both local and national level:

  • put pressure on packaging manufacturers to use recycled and recyclable materials
  • increase investment in appropriate recycling facilities
  • incentivise the wider use of recycled plastics
  • meet and then exceed its stated targets for recycling.

Yours faithfully,

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