Plastics recycling: Facing the five-year challenge

Plastic packaging faces tough recycling targets over the next five years which will require a change in culture to achieve. Philip Lightowlers examines how industry and government intend to win through

Closed Loop's Dagenham plant reprocesses 8,000t/yr of plasticPlastics packaging is unpopular with the general public because it seen as a prime source of persistent litter and environmental pollution. But its many benefits in protecting fresh food and preventing spoilage are widely overlooked. And many kinds of plastic are recyclable, a message which the industry and councils have been trying to promote over the past decade.

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