BPF Roadmap Shows Way to Massively Reduce Plastic Waste Exports by 2030

The British Plastics Federation (BPF) released a Recycling Roadmap on 12th January, which highlights what the UK needs to achieve if it is to drastically reduce its reliance on plastic waste and reduce plastic going to landfill to 1% by 2030. The report also brings together all currently available data on plastic recycling.

The key points are:

  • With the right drivers in place, plastic recycled within UK facilities could increase 3.5 times by the year 2030.
  • The UK could eliminate reliance on low quality exports of plastic waste in the next ten years and could more than halve the amount of plastic waste being exported.
  • Plastic waste ending up in landfill sites could reduce to only 1%, representing a 94% reduction.
  • The amount of waste plastic processed by newer recycling technologies such as chemical recycling could grow 60 times.
  • The UK could recycle up to 65% of all plastic and 75% of plastic packaging by 2030.

Philip Law, Director General of the BPF, states:  The BPF Recycling Roadmap shows that with the right collaborative effort, we have the potential to be a leading light when it comes to rapidly developing the technology and infrastructure to recycle far more plastic.

Drastically reducing our reliance on exporting plastic waste for recycling and the amount of plastic waste going to landfill is achievable and this roadmap shows how. Most importantly, there needs to be significant investment in increasing UK recycling capacity.

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