Sending plastic to the correct reprocessor - to EDDC

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Dear East Devon District Council,

I have just made an FOI request to Devon County Council: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/s...

In their reply they suggest I contact my District Council: https://new.devon.gov.uk/accesstoinforma...

I am therefore following this up by contacting EDDC and making exactly the same FOI request as I made to DCC on 28th May. Please see below.

I would like to make a formal request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. I am also making this request under the Environmental Impact Regulations 2004 which require disclosure on the part of Local Authorities.

On the Recycle Devon website http://www.recycledevon.org/what-happens... it states:

“Plastic: What happens: plastic is sorted into different grades and then sent to the correct reprocessor where it is turned into new plastic items such as bottles, fleeces and food containers.”

I would be grateful if you could answer the following questions:

> What systems do you use to determine how the “plastic is sorted into different grades”?

> How much of the plastic is sent on to “reprocessors” and how much is dealt with by other means, such as landfill waste, incineration or other methods of disposal, by yourself and by other bodies?

> What systems do you use to determine who “the correct reprocessor” is?

> Who precisely are the “reprocessors” you send the plastic to? By which I mean: What are the names and exact functions of these “reprocessors”?

> What systems do these ‘reprocessors’ use to determine how they then deal with the plastic?

> What percentages of the “new plastic items” are turned into “bottles, fleeces and food containers” – and other items?

> What systems do you use to keep track of the plastic to ensure that it is properly dealt with, from it leaving the sorting/ grading process to the final end-use?

> Finally: What percentage, if any, leaves our shores?

To reiterate the above, in the context of any non-UK treatment of plastic:

> How much of the plastic is sent on to “reprocessors” abroad; and how much is dealt with by other means, such as landfill waste, incineration or other methods of disposal, by other bodies, when sent abroad?
> What systems do you use to determine who “the correct reprocessor” is, if any plastic is sent abroad?
> Who precisely are the non-UK “reprocessors” you send the plastic to? By which I mean: What are the names and exact functions of these “reprocessors”?
> What systems do these non-UK “reprocessors” use to determine how they then deal with the plastic?
> What percentages of the “new plastic items” are turned into “bottles, fleeces and food containers” – and other items?
> What systems do you use to keep track of the plastic to ensure that it is properly dealt with, from it leaving the sorting/ grading process to the final end-use abroad?

Finally, I would like to add the following question:
> Could you supply me with the details of "the contractors operating the HWRCs".

I look forward to hearing from you.

Yours faithfully,

Jeremy Woodward

East Devon District Council

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East Devon District Council

Dear Mr Woodward,

Thank you for your request for information. Please find the response to your query below.

1. What systems do you use to determine how the "plastic is sorted into different grades"? - EDDC sell plastics collected as a mixed plastics grade. The mixed grade goes to a number of plastic recycling plants who then sort it into grades and they then sell it on to a number of processors. The missed plastic grade is sold to a number of plants who provide the best prices at the time. Our most recent loads have gone to Roydon Polythene in Manchester but this will change regularly.

2. How much of the plastic is sent on to "reprocessors" and how much is dealt with by other means, such as landfill waste, incineration or other methods of disposal, by yourself and by other bodies? - EDDC do not hold this data. A small proportion of plastic sent to any processor will be rejected for quality and other reasons and alternative means of disposal is used for this fraction

3. What systems do you use to determine who "the correct reprocessor" is? - See 1 above

4. Who precisely are the "reprocessors" you send the plastic to? By which I mean: What are the names and exact functions of these "reprocessors"? - See 1 above

5. What systems do these 'reprocessors' use to determine how they then deal with the plastic? - This question needs to be addressed to the processors

6. What percentages of the "new plastic items" are turned into "bottles, fleeces and food containers" ? and other items? - EDDC do not hold this data

7. What systems do you use to keep track of the plastic to ensure that it is properly dealt with, from it leaving the sorting/grading process to the final end-use? - See 1 above

8. Finally: What percentage, if any, leaves our shores? - This question needs to be addressed to the processors

To reiterate the above, in the context of any non-UK treatment of plastic:

1. How much of the plastic is sent on to "reprocessors" abroad; and how much is dealt with by other means, such as landfill waste, incineration or other methods of disposal, by other bodies, when sent abroad?

2. What systems do you use to determine who "the correct reprocessor" is, if any plastic is sent abroad?

3. Who precisely are the non-UK "reprocessors" you send the plastic to? By which I mean: What are the names and exact functions of these "reprocessors"?

4. What systems do these non-UK "reprocessors" use to determine how they then deal with the plastic?

5. What percentages of the "new plastic items" are turned into "bottles, fleeces and food containers" ? and other items?

6. What systems do you use to keep track of the plastic to ensure that it is properly dealt with, from it leaving the sorting/ grading process to the final end-use abroad?

7. Finally, I would like to add the following question:
Could you supply me with the details of "the contractors operating the HWRCs".

The HWRCs in Devon are run by SUEZ Recycling & Recovery (UK) Ltd under contract to Devon County Council. Devon County Council will be able to provide further details.

I hope this information is helpful but, if you feel dissatisfied with the way we have responded to your request, please contact our Monitoring Officer, Mr Henry Gordon Lennox, to request an internal review [email address]

You may also approach the Information Commissioner for advice at www.ico.org.uk

Yours sincerely,

Sara

Ms S Harvey
Information and Complaints Officer
East Devon District Council

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