Low grade plastic recycling

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Dear Isle of Anglesey Council,

I am concerned, as a result of recent reports about what happens to low grade plastic recycling, I would like to find out what happens on Ynys Mon.
1) Does our recycling get mixed together again at our recycling centres?
2) Does our recycling cost the council money to remove it from the island, and where does it go?
3) Does it ultimately get sent abroad where it could possibly end up in the sea?
4) Does it end up in landfill?
I look forward to your response.

Yours faithfully,

Diana Bradley

FOI, Isle of Anglesey Council

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Helen Jeffery,

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Dear Madam,

 

I refer to your Freedom of Information request dated the 7^th August,
2018.

 

Please find below the Authority’s response to your request:-

 

Questions:-

 

I am concerned, as a result of recent reports about what happens to low
grade plastic recycling, I would like to find out what happens on Ynys
Mon.

1) Does our recycling get mixed together again at our recycling centres?

2) Does our recycling cost the council money to remove it from the island,
and where does it go?

3) Does it ultimately get sent abroad where it could possibly end up in
the sea?

4) Does it end up in landfill?

 

Answers:-

 

1) No, the recycling collected via kerbside is separated once it reaches
the recycling centre. The plastics are separated from the cans so they can
be sent to separate recycling re-processors.

2) The Council receives income for the mixed plastics collected from the
kerbside, however incurs a cost for the hard plastics that are sent from
the skips at the Household Waste Recycling Centre. This all depends on the
recycling markets at the time and can fluctuate from month to month.

3) No, both plastic streams mentioned above are sent to Established
Recycling Re-processors within the UK.

4) None of the plastic collected is sent to landfill, Anglesey does not
currently send any waste to landfill.

 

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Yours faithfully,

 

 

 

 

Helen Jeffery

Swyddog Gofal Cwsmer / Customer Care Officer

Priffyrdd, Gwastraff ac Eiddo / Highways, Waste and Property

Cyngor Sir Ynys Môn / Isle of Anglesey County Council

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Ynys Môn / Anglesey

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Dear Helen Jeffery,

Thank you for your prompt response to my questions.
However your response has now raised further questions which I would be grateful if you could answer for me please.

I have recently read this report:-

The National Audit Office (NAO) says over half of the packaging reported as recycled is actually being sent abroad to be processed.
As a result, it says, the government has little idea of whether the recyclables are getting turned into new products, buried in landfill or burned.
While an illusion of success has been created by the UK’s system for recycling packaging, the NAO says, the reality may be quite different.
Its report finds that:
The government has turned a blind eye to underlying problems with the waste system
Firms may be over-stating the amount they are recycling
The Environment Agency has only carried out 40% of the recycling checks it planned to
Exporting our waste
The UK is said to have increased recycling from under a third in 1998 to nearly two thirds last year, easily beating the EU target.
It sounds good.
But the NAO says most of the recorded increase in recycling has been due to the UK exporting its waste problem.

As you can see this article is questioning the validity of reported recycling figures, and this is the important issue.
I would like to be able to follow up your report about our waste on Ynys Mon by visiting the council’s recycling centre and I would also like the contact details for the Established Recycling Re-processors in the UK to which our plastics are sent.

Finally, you state that none of Anglesey’s waste is sent to landfill, does this just mean plastic, or our general waste too?
In which case, please can you clarify what happens to our general waste?

I look forward to your response,
Kind regards
Diana Bradley

Yours sincerely,

Diana Bradley

Helen Jeffery,

Good Afternoon,

I refer to your below additional questions further to your FOI request dated the 7th August.

Please find below the Authority's response to your request:-

-You are more than welcome to visit the Council's Household Waste Recycling Centres within the opening times, please follow this link for more details http://www.anglesey.gov.uk/planning-and-...

-Please see below details of the established recycling re-processors where our plastics are sent;

(Mixed plastics) (Rigid Plastics)
Jayplas, J. and A. Young (Leicester) Ltd. Greenway Waste Recycling,
Berristow Lane, Recycling House,
South Normanton, Rock Road,
Derbyshire, Ketley,
DE55 2DT Telford,
Shropshire,
TF1 5HW

-With regards to your final question, none of Anglesey’s general waste is sent to landfill. It is sent to an energy from waste treatment plant.

I hope the above information is useful but if you require any further information please do not hesitate to contact me further.

Kind Regards,

Helen Jeffery

Helen Jeffery
Swyddog Gofal Cwsmer / Customer Care Officer
Priffyrdd, Gwastraff ac Eiddo / Highways, Waste and Property
Cyngor Sir Ynys Môn / Isle of Anglesey County Council
LLANGEFNI
Ynys Môn / Anglesey
LL77 7TW

Rhif Ffôn /Tel. No: (01248) 752356
E-bost/E-mail: [email address]

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