Hugh’s war on plastic has raised many questions via our inbox and social media channels, as well as further afield, and we are glad to see the groundswell of interest in this most important subject. We are all very keen to make sure that we make choices to reduce the amount of packaging we use and certainly don’t want the plastic we have used to end up causing an environmental problem on land or sea.
Material collected through Suffolk's recycling scheme is taken to the Materials Recycling Facility (MRF) in Great Blakenham for initial sorting into different material streams before being sent for further processing. The MRF is currently being refurbished and this investment in the Suffolk recycling facility will ensure a greater quality and quantity of recyclate in the future, as markets demand better and better quality. During the current refurbishment at the MRF, recycling is going to other UK MRFs, where it is sorted in a similar way.
Suffolk's MRF is managed by Viridor who have a robust system of traceability with regard to its supply chain. Viridor is committed to investing more in its reprocessing facilities within the UK.
Plastics from the MRF are sent to Viridor’s plastic recycling facility in Rochester for further separation into individual polymers. Over two thirds of this output stays in the UK where it is reprocessed to produce pellet or flake for use in the manufacture of new plastic products. The remaining third is sold to various Environment Agency-accredited and licensed processing facilities abroad where they become an “end-of-waste product”, which specifies no further onward trading as waste. An end-of-waste product refers to waste which has been reprocessed, often to produce a pellet or flake, which can be reused as a recyclable material.
See our piktochart view on where your plastics in Suffolk go.
We are currently preparing a new end destination register for all our recycling material for 2019. We’ll keep you posted!