Unlike paper, plastic films can be recycled time and time again.
- In 2006, 455,000 tonnes or 21.9% of the UK’s plastic packaging was recycled.
However 65% of this activity took place overseas, mainly in China and the Far East.
DEFRA has amended the Packaging Waste regulations to ensure that this off-shore
reprocessing takes place to “broadly equivalent” standards to that employed in the
UK. Nevertheless, many exporters of plastic waste are unable to determine where
their plastic is recycled and therefore cannot guarantee that it conforms to the
necessary health and safety, employment and social standards implied by the ‘broadly