‘Plastic fantastic’ says Stevenage Borough Council

08 Jan 2018

Stevenage Borough Council is calling on residents to keep recycling their plastic bottles, tubs, pots and trays despite national concerns following the ban on imports of plastic waste to China.

The UK has been shipping up to 500,000 tonnes of plastic for recycling in China every year, but now the trade has been stopped as China has introduced a "foreign garbage" ban as part of a move to upgrade its industries.

Stevenage Borough Council collected 740 tonnes of plastic from 36,490 properties in 2017 and is part of the Hertfordshire Waste Partnership (HWP), which is a partnership between the Hertfordshire County Council and 10 district and borough councils. 

Cllr John Gardner, Executive Member for Environment and Regeneration at Stevenage Borough Council, said: “Working alongside the Hertfordshire Waste Partnership, we have been aware of the change to the rules introduced by the Chinese government for some time. HWP contractors have been looking at different markets and we’ve already seen the amount of mixed recyclables exported to China go down in recent months.

“Thanks to Stevenage’s recycling-conscious residents we are already recycling around 40 percent of our waste and I’d like to remind our residents that we think plastic is fantastic so please keep filling up your black boxes. We’d like to recycle even more in future and people can help us by remembering to put the right recyclables in the right boxes. To find out what goes where visit our website at: http://www.stevenage.gov.uk/recycling-and-waste/refuse-recycling-bins/.”