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BBC Radio 4 - Recycling - LGA, Veolia, BPF & Eunomia, 4 August 2018

Posted by hertswow on August 4, 2018 at 7:35 PM

A 10-minute item was broadcast in BBC 4's Today programme on 4th August 2018.

The item is now available for listening via the BBC's Radio iPlayer: https://deref-gmx.co.uk/mail/client/ULqOqbxIq6I/dereferrer/?redirectUrl=https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0bd6jj3" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">link

Below is a gist and timings. and timings. Please refer to the recording for the precise wording in context.


The Local Government Association

LGA - warning: "two thirds of food packaging can't be recycled and and have to be burned or sent for landfill. That's 350,000 tonnes a year"


Visit to Veolia's Recycling plant in South London

Richard Kirkman, Chief Technology & Innovation Officer

"just 25 people are on this shift"

"about 35,000 tonnes of black trays in the country but that's out of about 35 million tonnes of packaging waste."

Reprocessing plastic bottles into chips for milk bottles, plastic bags for bin liners

"Maybe 20% [of the extracted plastics] would difficult-to-recycle materials. It will be used for energy."

"Instead of burning oil, we can burn plastics."


Peter Fleming, spokesperson for the LGA

"black plastic makes the food look good"

"The British Plastics Federation ... says it would be delighted to work with local authorities."


Dr Dominic Hogg, Chairmen of Eunomia

"All of the cost at the moment is falling on local government."

"could the cost on manufacturers of packaging"

"There may be cost for standardising collections"

"£1 Bn per year ... fund by the producers" (of unrecyclable packaging)

single-layer polymer films would need to be thicker than multi-layer"

ends at 1:40:32

Available for download until 2nd September 2018

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