Every year, over 700 tonnes of rigid plastic are currently estimated to be disposed of at the both re3 Recycling Centres by residents of Bracknell Forest, Reading and Wokingham Boroughs. Until today, most of this waste has been sent to landfill, but the new trial allows re3 to send this waste to be recycled instead, saving important resources and benefitting the environment. It is estimated that every 100 tonnes of recycled rigid plastic can contribute to avoid 250,000 kg CO2 emissions, which is equivalent to the consumption of 180 cars.
The new rigid plastic recycling trial will enable residents visiting re3 Recycling Centres to recycle a variety of previously non-recycled rigid plastic items such as: plastic buckets, crates, bins, storage boxes, garden furniture, pipes, toys or plastic plant pots. Nothing contaminated with paint will be accepted, neither will polystyrene, fibreglass sheets, garden hoses, plastic film or car seats with textiles.
The new rigid plastic trial is expected to last up to 6 months and, if successful it will be established as a permanent feature at the both recycling centres.
Collected plastic waste is recycled in a closed loop cycle in UK & European facilities, producing a high-quality, almost 100%-pure secondary raw material for the plastics industry, for its further use in: pipelines, the automotive industry, construction materials, furniture and household items.
Commenting on the new trial, Cllr Mrs Dorothy Hayes MBE, Bracknell Forest Council’s Executive Member for Environment and Chairman of the Joint Waste Disposal Board, Cllr Adele Barnett-Ward, Reading Borough Council’s Lead Councillor for Neighbourhoods & Communities and Cllr Parry Batth, Wokingham Borough Council’s Executive Member for Environment and Leisure, said:
“We are delighted with this trial and invite all residents to take notice of the full list of new rigid plastic materials that can now be recycled when visiting either the Bracknell or Reading recycling sites. This initiative represents an ideal opportunity to recycle even more plastic items that are no longer needed at our homes and plays an important part in the sustainable production of new plastic items. It is our aim to work towards a zero-landfill rate and adding rigid plastic to our recyclable waste stream is another step to achieve that.”