Plastics: Waste Disposal

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 10th January 2018.

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Photo of David Drew David Drew Shadow Minister (Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans he has to standardise the collection and disposal of plastic items from the doorstep.

Photo of Therese Coffey Therese Coffey The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

While it is for local councils to work with their householders to develop the levels of services required, the Government supports consistent and comprehensive collections of waste and recycling. In September 2016 the Waste and Resources Action Programme, as part of an industry led group, published a Framework for Greater Consistency. This outlines a vision where a core set of recyclable materials (including plastic bottles and plastic packaging – pots, tubs and trays) from every household in England are collected and sorted cost effectively for onward reprocessing, using one of three standardised collection systems.

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