Recycling of domestic plastic waste

Paul Lewis made this Rhyddid Gwybodaeth request to Wiltshire Council

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Dear Wiltshire Council,

I am a homeowner within your district.

Please advise what percentage of the plastic waste collected by your appointed contractor is recycled within the UK and IF any of it is exported - what percentage is exported, to where and what checks and measures are in place to ensure that the country to which it is exported can / do recycle the waste 100%.

I am interested specifically in recyclable waste collected from households in the tax year 2018-2019.

Thank you in anticipation of your prompt reply.

Yours faithfully,

Paul Lewis

FOI, Wiltshire Council

Dear Mr Lewis,

Thank you for your request for information dated 13 June 2019.

Your request is being handled under the provisions of the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

Your request will now be considered and you will receive a response within the statutory timescale of 20 working days as defined within the legislation which means you will hear from us on or before 11 July 2019.

Kind regards,

Kyle McCormack
Information Governance Officer

Wiltshire Council | County Hall | Bythesea Road
Trowbridge | BA14 8JN

Email: [email address] | Web: www.wiltshire.gov.uk

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FOI, Wiltshire Council

Dear Mr Lewis,

Request for Information – Recycling

Thank you for your request for information dated 13 June 2019, in which you asked for the following information:

Please advise what percentage of the plastic waste collected by your appointed contractor is recycled within the UK and IF any of it is exported - what percentage is exported, to where and what checks and measures are in place to ensure that the country to which it is exported can / do recycle the waste 100%.

I am interested specifically in recyclable waste collected from households in the tax year 2018-2019.

Under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004 (EIR) the Council is obliged to make information available to the public by publication or when requested.

In accordance with regulation 5(1) of EIR I can confirm that Wiltshire Council holds some of the information you have requested. The available information you requested is as follows or is available via the weblinks provided.

In 2018/19 Wiltshire Council collected over 5,600 tonnes of plastics. This included just over 4,000 tonnes of plastic bottles, pots, tubs and trays collected through the kerbside blue-lidded bin service.

The plastic bottles and pots, tubs and trays collected at the kerbside are delivered to a facility operated by Hills Waste Solutions in Calne where two plastic grades are produced: a mixed bottle grade consisting of PET and HDPE bottles and a separate pots, tubs and trays grade. These materials are then baled and sent for further reprocessing in the UK, where the plastics are further separated by polymer type and by colour before being granulated or “flaked” at licensed facilities permitted by the Environment Agency. At this point the plastics collected for recycling are no longer deemed to be waste, and the product is then sold for use in manufacturing either in the UK or abroad. Between April and November 2018, a proportion of sorted mixed bottles from Wiltshire were exported by a UK-based sorting and processing facility to a licensed facility in Changua, Taiwan where these were further processed and washed to produce extruded pellets for use in manufacturing. Since December 2018, no plastic from Wiltshire’s kerbside recycling collection has been exported beyond the EU that hasn’t first achieved “end of waste” status. The majority of the plastics now collected at the kerbside in Wiltshire are reprocessed into a product within the UK.

Wiltshire Council’s ten household recycling centres (HRCs) are managed under two different contracts; the eight council-owned HRCs are operated on behalf of the council by FCC Environment, and the HRCs located at Lower Compton and Purton are owned and operated on behalf of the council by Hills Waste Solutions.
Mixed rigid plastics collected by FCC are sorted and granulated at a facility in Wiltshire, and then sent to a facility in Corby for further reprocessing. This material is used in manufacturing in the EU and the UK.

Mixed rigid plastics collected by Hills Waste Solutions are sorted and baled at their facility in Calne before being sent for further reprocessing currently in the EU. Prior to February 2019, this material was sent to a reprocessing facility in Andover where it was further sorted and granulated before being exported to Hong Kong.

Wiltshire Council is a signatory of the Resource Associations’ End Use of Recycling Charter, which aims to provide residents with transparent information relating to the destinations of the materials they put out for recycling. We are currently finalising information for inclusion in the 2018/19 register, but in the meantime our return for 2017/18 is viewable on the link below.

http://www.wiltshire.gov.uk/what-happens...

http://www.wiltshire.gov.uk/downloads/15...

If you are dissatisfied with the above response you have a right to request a review of your request for information. Details of the complaints and review procedure are below.

Yours sincerely

Kyle McCormack
Information Governance Officer
Email: [email address]

Environmental Information Regulations Complaints & Review Procedure

Any person who has requested information from Wiltshire Council, which has been dealt with under the Environmental Information Regulations is entitled to complain and request an internal review of their request for information if they are dissatisfied with the response they have received.

Requests for review of Environmental Information Regulations requests must be made in writing (includes email) to:

Freedom of Information Lead
County Hall
Bythesea Road
Trowbridge
Wiltshire
BA14 8JN

Email [email address]

Please include the reference number, date of your request and details of why the review is being requested. Requests for review should be brought to the attention of the Freedom of Information Lead within 40 days of the response to the original request.

Any request for review will be acknowledged in writing confirming the reasons for the review. The Freedom of Information Lead will allocate the review to someone who is independent of the original decision. The person conducting the review will set a target date for a response with the intention to complete the review within 20 working days. In more complex cases the review may take up to 40 working days.

The reviewer will conduct a full review of the handling of the request for information and of decisions taken, including decisions taken about where the public interest lies in respect of exempt information where applicable. The review enables a re-evaluation of the case, taking into account any matters raised by the requestor.

On completion of the review the reviewer will reply to the requestor with the result of the review. If the requestor is still dissatisfied following the review they should contact the Information Commissioner to appeal the decision. The Information Commissioner can be contacted using the following details:

Information Commissioner's Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Wilmslow
Cheshire
SK9 5AF
Tel: 0303 123 1113 (local rate)
01625 545 745 (national rate)
Email: [email address]

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