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Seven days: 5 January 2018

Seven days: 5 January 2018

UK recycling up a creek

Given the enormous amount of waste produced by the UK during the festive season, it’s unsurprising the Chinese government’s decision to tighten restrictions on 24 types of waste imports has caused pile-ups at some UK recycling plants. From 1 January, China has banned the import of certain solid waste, including all mixed paper and polyethylene terephthalate (Pet) drinks bottles. It has also lowered the contamination level for material imports to 0.5 per cent, from 1.5 per cent. As much as half of UK plastic waste exports may not meet China’s new criteria, according to details of an exchange between the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and industry leaders, obtained via a freedom of information request by Greenpeace.   

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