Coffey questions ‘regressive’ recycling plans

Environment Minister Therese Coffey has written to Swindon Borough Council asking it to carefully reflect upon plans to tell residents to stop recycling plastic.

Last month, the council announced plans to burn plastic rather than sending it abroad for recycling, claiming some ‘isn't properly recycled’, instead planning to burn it along with other waste at its solid fuel recovery plant.

Although no firm decisions have yet been made, Coffey has expressed concern over the impact the decision would have on ‘future householder engagement’, saying that is ‘is surely a regressive step’.

She wrote: “While I understand your concerns about the uncertainty on what happens to recycling once exported, this would suggest the need for clearer communications about the end destination of exported plastics rather than stopping certain kerbside collections completely."