Learn more about Plastic Recycling in London
It is well known that plastic litter poses an immediate threat to birds and animals, and that dumped plastics can end up polluting the oceans. However, plastic that is landfilled does not completely break down and can also enter the soil and waterways, eventually making its way into the food chain in microscopic pieces.
One of the main reasons that much of the plastic that can be recycled ends up in landfill is because of the way it is disposed of at the start of the waste journey. Single use plastics generated by commercial industries are often difficult to recycle at the places they are produced, in cafes, restaurants, hotels and shopping centers.
Where businesses can provide in house recycling systems and segregated waste bins for customer use, single use plastics such as takeaway food and drinks containers are largely unaccounted for, although most high streets and town centers in London now provide public plastic recycling bins, and most borough councils collect plastic pots and trays, as many single use plastics can be recycled. Plastics such as cellophane, polystyrene packing materials, and flexible vinyl packaging that cannot be recycled, count as general residual rubbish.
At Wayst we work with specialist recycling service providers who carefully separate all types of plastic that can be recycled from those that require disposal, and make sure they reach waste treatment facilities where they can be processed for remanufacture and sold to factories where they can be remade into new items.
If you need help finding a sustainable solution for your plastic recycling in London get in touch.