BPF Recycling Group members recycle 517,000 tons of plastic in 2011, breaking the 1/2-million-tonne barrier for the first time

LONDON , January 22, 2013 (press release) – The British Plastics Federation's Recycling Group (BPFRG) has released the results of its 2011 Annual Return Survey, which was completed by approximately 87% of the Group’s membership by turnover. This annual survey obtains information and statistics on the total tonnage of plastics recovered by its members and is critical instrument to better understand the dynamics of the plastics recycling sector.

2011 has been an important milestone for the BPFRG, with members recycling a total of 517KT of plastics and breaking the ½ million tonne barrier for the 1st time.

Chairman , Roger Baynham, said “ the BPF RG continues to see strong growth in its membership and this survey reinforces our position at the forefront of the UK plastics recycling industry. However, the increased packaging recycling targets set by the government are challenging and will only be achieved by creating a credible route map which must address the UK’s over-reliance on export markets for its plastics waste.”

The BPFRG, in its mission to be the primary voice for the UK plastics recycling industry, has identified the key issues influencing growth and its proposals for reform of the PRN/PERN system would , it believes, re-balance the system such that UK reprocessors are fairly incentivised and packaging manufacturers, brand owners and retailers are engaged.

The Group encourages co-operation between recyclers and processors, as well as with stakeholders throughout the supply chain, in its aim to encourage and incentivise the use of recycled plastics.

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For all media enquiries, BPF logos and images, please contact Philip Law, Public & Industrial Affairs Director on 0207 457 5000 or email plaw@bpf.co.uk

Notes for editors:

British Plastics Federation (BPF) is the UK trade association for the plastics industry – representing the whole supply chain including polymer producers, distributors, additives suppliers, machinery manufacturers, processors and recyclers.

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