Second life for building films

A collection scheme for polyethylene film discarded by the building trade has been launched by British Polythene Industries (BPI) and building materials supplier Marley. It follows the success of a similar scheme for agricultural plastics.

The agricultural film collection scheme was launched in November 1990 (ENDS Report 190, p 10) under a joint initiative by BPI's Anaplast subsidiary and the National Farmers Union. In the first full operational year, 4,000 tonnes of films were collected out of a total of 30,000 tonnes consumed. The collection company, Second Life Plastics, is receiving 1,000 calls per month from farmers wanting their polyethylene waste removed free of charge. <

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