Last week the Scottish Government announced plans to support the growth of the plastics recycling infrastructure in Scotland to the tune of £5 million. The announcement generated a lot of news coverage which is understandable because it is widely recognised that plastics are a bit of a problem when it comes to recycling and any efforts to solve it are to be commended. The main problems are that there are several different types of plastics in everyday use and each is ideally processed in a different way. Plastic is also relatively lightweight, which means you need a lot of it to make a difference to the tonnage of waste going to landfill. But households and businesses find it frustrating to throw away plastics which they would willingly separate from their other rubbish if only it was collected widely and at the right price. The Scottish Government has recognised the benefits of solving the problem and intend to sort it out by part funding projects to improve the situation.
The £5 million will be provided through the “Mixed Plastics Capital Grant Programme” and businesses and organizations planning to build new facilities are being encouraged to apply for the support here.
The funding will cover up to 30% of total costs so clearly it is intended to complement other sources of funding for the projects.
To find out more about the issue here are some web based resources about plastics:
To find services for recycling plastics for your business click here to be taken to our recycling directory. Please note you will need to search for the specific type of plastic waste although you can always choose more than one. The most commonly types in the UK are PET (aka Type 1 Plastic) and HDPE (aka Type 2 Plastic). PET is mostly used for clear soft drinks bottles and HDPE is mainly used for plastic bags and opaque milk bottles.
For a more detailed breakdown in the type of plastics have a look at this chart showing all the different types.
Lets hope in the near future we can all stop disposing of plastic to landfill.