A plastic recycler is calling for cross-party support of its innovative plastic bottles recycling campaign.
Closed Loop Recycling officially launched its 'We Needs Your Bottles' initiative yesterday during a visit to its east London site by Lord Taylor, the waste minister.
Every year in the UK, 1.8 million tonnes of post-consumer plastics are generated, nearly a third (580,000 tonnes) of which are plastic bottles.
However 300,000 tonnes of good quality plastic is still sent to landfill each year and a large percentage of what is collected - 70 per cent in the case of bottles - is shipped abroad, stifling the UK recycling industry which relies upon this valuable resource.
The campaign, launched to coincide with National Recycle Week, has been designed to encourage the entire supply loop, including plastic bottle manufacturers, to recycle more plastic bottles.
This will obviously be good for the environment, but also for green job creation and by consequence the wider UK economy, it is claimed.
Chris Dow, Closed Loop's chief executive officer, called for MPs from all political parties to back the campaign.
Speaking at the Dagenham facility, Lord Taylor said: "I am delighted to see the work that Closed Loop Recycling is doing to recycle more plastic bottles which is not just great for the environment but also for green job creation and the wider UK economy."
Mr Dow added: "We're delighted to receive the waste minister's backing for our campaign which will help support the government's ambitious packaging recycling targets that we as a company are in favour of.
"On a bigger level, what we’d like to see is our growing industry develop further, with the creation of hundreds of new green jobs giving a massive boost to the UK’s low carbon economy. MPs from all parties should be in favour of this which is why we’re asking for their backing."
An example of Closed Loop's work was when the firm took receipt of plastic bottles collected by waste firm Veolia from streets and recycling bins, sorting them into material for companies like Marks & Spencer and Britvic.
Posted by Jack Painter