The UK “faces buildup of plastic waste’

The British recycling industry says they do not know how to cope with a Chinese ban on imports of plastic waste.

UK shipping up to 500,000 tonnes of plastic for recycling in China each year, but now the trade was completed.

At the moment, the UK is not able to deal with a lot of waste, says the UK-Recycling-Association.

His boss, Simon Ellin, told the BBC he had no idea how the problem solved would be, in the short term.

“It is a big blow for us… a game-changer for our industry,” he said. “We have relied on China for so long for our waste…. 55% paper, 25% plus of plastics.

“We just don’t have the markets in the UK. It’s about my big changes in our industry.”

China has the ban imposed this month on the “foreign garbage” as a part of a movement for the modernisation of its industries.

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Environment Secretary Michael Gove has admitted that he was slow to spot the problem.

The British organization, the recycled plastics, said the import ban would lead to the stock-piles of plastic waste and a movement in the direction of incineration and landfill.

Peter Fleming, Local government Association, told the BBC: “there is obviously a role to play for the combustion, but all parts of the country’s incineration plants.

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“It is a challenge – but, above all, in the short term… and we will cope. In the long term, we need a much smarter waste strategy”.

Each step in the combustion of more plastic waste, when, would be met with fierce opposition from environmental groups.’Wrong Answer’

Louise edge, Greenpeace, told the BBC: “The government has us in this mess due to constant procrastination of decisions and passing the buck

“Incineration is the wrong answer – it is a high-carbon, non-renewable form of electricity generation. There are also toxic chemicals and heavy metals.

To reduce the “if you build it, incineration plants, it creates a market for the next 20 years for single-use plastic, this is exactly what we need.”

The government consulted with the industry about a tax on single-use plastic articles and a deposit System for bottles.Reduce and simplify

Mr Gove told the BBC, its long-term goals were reducing the amount of plastic in the overall economy, reduce the number of different plastics simplify local authority rules, so people can quickly and easily evaluate what is salvageable and what is not, as well as an increase in recycling.

The UK must stop, he said, “that off-shoring its dirt”.

The Commons, Environmental Audit Committee, said Britain should introduce a sliding scale tax on plastic packaging to recycle the most difficult is the most of charge and to recycle the easiest way, is charged, at least.

There is a broad consensus on a large part of the agenda, but it is not yet clear how the UK will achieve that long-term target or how to solve it, its short-term China-crisis.

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