In an effort to boost recycling and reduce plastics pollution ,the UK Government announced that the tax on plastic packaging containing less than 30 per cent recycled content would come into force in April 2022 - at £200 per tonne. This will affect all plastic packaging which has been manufactured in, or imported into, the UK.
The increase in demand for recycled content will continue to increase the cost of recycled plastics with UK businesses competing globally for rPET and recycled HDPE.
Can the domestic supply meet the increase in demand for recycled content ? With the UK's recycling rate having stagnated around the 45 per cent mark for several years, this would be a real challenge.
Moreover, although recyclers have increased capacities, market for recycled materials have dropped significantly in value for commodity markets. The key to success is making grades that are the best quality and get further up the value chain.
There are a lot of different polymer types and forms of plastic in the waste stream. While it is technically possible to recycle most plastic polymers, the complexity and cost of doing so has prevented many reprocessors from taking mixed polymers as they tend to be of low grade and value.
Tamsin brings over 32 years of experience in the plastics recycling sector and shares steps to produce higher quality rHDPE for variety of end markets.
Attero shares on how to upgrade post consumer film to high quality rLDPE.
Erema demonstrates its new technology and its end product is rPET pellets of unique quality which significantly exceeds the both the current legal requirements and the even higher requirements of leading brand owners who demand food grade quality.
WRAP discusses the roadmap for UK and the key areas for the industry to tackle to achieve the 2025 recyclability targets.
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