The collection of plastic bottles (PET drink bottles and HDPE milk bottles) has significantly increased in the last few years and now plastic bags and films are heading in the same direction. It is likely that more of the non-bottle plastics will follow the same trend, coming out of the black-bag and into the recycling box, due to several factors including:

The cost of landfill continues to increase with rising Landfill Tax.

Retailers and FMCG groups are keen to include more recycled plastics in their offerings.

As well as the significant increases in Landfill Tax, the recycling of plastics is supported by other legislative drivers including:

EC Revised Waste Framework Directive 2008: requires the UK to recycle at least 50% of waste by 2015

The Climate Change Bill 2008: requires the UK to reduce CO2 emissions by at least 26% by 2020 compared to 1990 levels