Plastics Recycling - Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 3:15 pm on 30th October 2019.

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Photo of Viscount Trenchard Viscount Trenchard Conservative 3:15 pm, 30th October 2019

I declare an interest as a director of Lotte Chemical UK, which is the principal manufacturer of polyethylene terephthalate or PET. I was surprised to hear the Minister say that many councils are now collecting used material and providing it for recycling, because Lotte Chemical is able to obtain only enough recycled material to form 10% of our finished products. We wish to increase that to about 28%. Does the Minister agree that the Government should concentrate on establishing a standardised recycling policy across the whole country rather than encourage the use of substitute materials, which can have more negative consequences?