It has been one year after China announced a ban on accepting foreign imports of waste material to be recycled responsibly. This came as a shock to the many countries that came to rely on China to recycle their waste, including the UK who sent plastics recycling to China.
The UK was particularly worried about the ban, as a vast number of the county’s plastic recycling was sent abroad to China to be sorted and recycled. Part of the reason for this was because much of the UK’s household waste isn’t sorted by material type when it gets collected by local councils and taken to a recycling centre.
Most countries who are seeking to buy waste prefer it to have already been sorted before they get their hands on it. Those countries like The Netherlands, who have a waste management system which includes the sorting of recyclable materials, haven’t been as badly affected by China’s ban compared to countries like the UK.
In response to last year’s ban from China, some Chinese recyclers decided to move their business operations overseas to take advantage of cheap plastic in their new locations, before re-exporting it back to China as recycled pellets.
From the UK’s perspective, other countries have agreed to accept the country’s waste including Malaysia, Poland and Turkey. However, some environmentalist campaigners have reported that several illegal waste dumps have started to spring up across Malaysia, polluting the environment due to the sheer amount of plastic waste that is being accepted.
At Skip It, any waste that we collect from you through all of our services, right the way through from Household Clearance and Skip Hire to Roll-On-Roll-Off will be correctly sorted before we take it to a recycling centre. We collect both household and commercial waste, from shops and offices to large construction sites – there’s nothing we can’t handle!
Contact our friendly team today to find out how we can help you recycle your household and business waste.