Plastic waste

Get the lowdown on how the UK is headed for a plastics recycling crisis, which has its origins in China’s decision to ban imports of plastics more than two years ago
Plastics

WATCH: The UK's secret waste crisis

VIDEO: The UK is headed into a plastic waste crisis with exports markets closing their doors, domestic recycling plants under pressure and landfill capacity shrinking

Plastics

Why the UK is facing a major plastic waste crisis

Shipping containers at Westports in Port Klang, Malaysia, from where plastic waste shipments will be returned to their country of origin. Photograph: Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

Countries including Malaysia, China and Indonesia have turned their backs on the UK’s plastic waste. It must find new ways to dispose of its rubbish. Fast.

Plastics

7 reasons why the UK is heading into a waste plastics crisis

Last year, 691,993 tonnes of plastic packaging waste were exported, 42,431t more than in 2018, according to Environment Agency (EA). Photograph: Laura Lezza/Getty Images

The UK is headed for a plastics recycling crisis, which has its origins in China’s decision to ban imports of plastics more than two years ago. ENDS looks at how the problems are unfolding

Waste

Coronavirus: How the waste sector is pulling together to keep recycling going during lockdown

Refuse collectors acknowledge the applause from local residents as waste bins are collected in Northampton. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

Despite fears at the outset of the lockdown that councils would be forced to suspend recycling services, local authorities, the waste sector and the government are working together to keep vital collections running. Conor McGlone finds out how

Plastics

Why the Treasury’s plastic tax needs refining

The waste industry has welcomed the tax but producers say it has been 'very ill-thought through'. Photograph: Kemter/Getty Images

The government’s new proposals for taxing plastic have been well received but sticking points remain with producers claiming unfair costs would need to be passed on to consumers