UK recycler stymied by poor bale quality

Andrew Smith

Published: February 14, 2012 6:00 am ET

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Topics Sustainability, Recycling

BLACKWOOD, WALES (Feb. 14, 12:30 p.m. ET) — Plastics Sorting Ltd. (PSL), the South Wales recycling company which called in administrators Begbies Traynor on Feb. 3 after hitting financial difficulties, was badly affected by the poor quality of the plastic it received in from suppliers.

According to Andy Moore, coordinator of the Campaign for Real Recycling, the company had been badly affected by the increasing tendency for collections in the UK to contain mixed plastics.

Moore commented: “PSL is another casualty of the economic recession, but it has also been damaged by the lack of material quality resulting from many recycling collections in the UK, especially as collectors add a wider range of mixed plastics to the items they collect.

“The upshot is that poor quality multi-polymer plastic is collected into a limited domestic market and is typically exported to the Far East, which is of less benefit to the UK economy and job creation.

“We hope that Defra will recognize the importance of supporting the separate collection of dry recyclables, including separate plastics, as this situation illustrates how UK jobs can be affected.”

In a statement issued to PRW, Begbies Traynor spokesman David Hill said: “We have had strong interest in Plastics Sorting and we are now in the process of sifting through the expressions of interest and arranging site visits and meetings with interested parties to determine the best outcome for the business.

“We are hopeful that at least one firm bidder will emerge so that we can achieve a lasting result and save what we can of the business.”


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