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Trade Association Protests Proposal to Ban Plastic Scrap Exports

Time:2019-02-13 15:27 Author:Suny Group

The Recycling Association has voiced protests against the action by MPs in Parliament, calling for complete ban on exports of plastics for recycling into developing countries.

A group of MPs across party lines had signed an Early Day Motion (EDM) in Parliament calling for the ban. By doing so, the 35 MPs had signaled their concern with regards to plastic scrap exports from the country. They highlighted that two-thirds of the plastic waste from the UK are exported to foreign countries, rather than being processed domestically. For instance, nearly 105,000 tonnes of plastic waste was exported to Malaysia alone in 2017-’18.

The EDM highlighted the fact that many countries that receive the scrap exports were found not having adequate waste management systems. As a result, much of the waste end up in landfills or are being handled in unhealthy ways including burning, which in turn leads to environmental pollution.

In opposition to the EDM, Simon Ellin, chief executive of The Recycling Association claimed that most of UK’s plastic exports take place in a compliant manner. The proposed ban on exports of recycled plastics could decimate local recycling industry. In addition, it may lead to more materials ending up in local landfills. Moreover, it may impact the prices, he warned.

He urged the administration to help the developing countries to develop successful recycling industries to meet their requirements. The problem is due to poor waste management infrastructure in destination countries. The plastics imported for recycling by these countries cannot be blamed, he said. The exports must be encourages, as part of a global economy, he added.

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