Britain’s packaging recycling capacity needs investment to increase capacity and enable more material to be re-used, a major packaging firm has argued.
DS Smith has renewed its calls for investment in this area, citing its new research showing that the public is limited in what it can recycle by a lack of space, Packaging News reports.
Among the findings were that half of Britons regularly run out of recycling space, with a quarter saying this happens every fortnight. 35 per cent said they were embarrassed by how much waste they produce, 38 per cent are concerned that said they believe their recycling is not being correctly dealt with and is often ending up being burned or buried in landfill.
A key finding was the preference for packaging that can be recycled more easily. Just under half (49 per cent) said they would prefer to use paper or cardboard packaging instead of plastic for this very reason. In addition, seven out of ten Britons want more information on what can and cannot be recycled.
The concerns expressed were heightened because of lockdown, which has meant people are spending more time at home and thus generating more household waste.
Managing director for recycling at the firm Rogier Gerritsen said: “We applaud the Government for its ambitious recycling targets, but at the moment we’re not on track,” adding that at current rates only 65 per cent of the municipal waste target will be met by 2048.
He said the government should invest more in a consistent recycling infrastructure for England, with “specifically separate collections for paper and cardboard”.
A key advantage of paper and cardboard is it can be recycled between five and seven times, as well as being biodegradable, Recycle Nation notes.
By contrast, plastic can only be recycled a couple of times, often ending up as a polyester clothing item that will end up in landfill, or even as a traffic cone.
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