After a decade of strong growth, household recycling rates have dropped over the last few years with the UK recycling rate levelling off at around 44% since 2013. Recycling rates need to increase to meet the UK target set for England of 50% by 2020. In Preston, household recycling rates were at 29.68% in 2017/18.
Around 90% of the plastic from recycling collected in Lancashire is processed within the UK. Of the small amount that goes overseas, the bulk goes to a well-established operation in Spain that makes it into new plastic products. Some trial loads, comprised of a few tonnes of sample material, have gone to other countries. None of these trials went on to become regular export contracts.
Bins and boxes containing incorrect materials will not be emptied. Non-recyclable materials will contaminate the whole vehicle load of recyclable waste. Where this occurs all the material will have to go through a much more expensive treatment process and may still be landfilled.
The following plastic items can be placed in your yellow lidded recycling box:
The following plastic items should not be placed in the yellow lidded recycling bin / box and should be disposed of in the grey bin: