Why contamination is an intractable problem for UK recycling

With the latest figures suggesting contamination levels are rising at material recovery facilities, Conor McGlone asks why the UK has not learned lessons from China and looks at what effect continued contamination is having across the UK supply chain

Recycling facility
Increasing household contamination levels and the China import ban are adding to pressure on material recovery facilities

There have been calls from all sides for an increase in the quality of recycled materials since China announced it would close its doors on the UK’s low-grade recyclable material just over a year ago.

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