Plastics recycling

PUBLISHED: 10:24 15 January 2009 | UPDATED: 13:51 06 May 2010

SIR, — There have been conflicting reports about the recycling of plastics. I understood that after recent changes to the recycling market, it was no longer possible to recycle anything plastic other than bottles. I noticed, however, that the containers f

SIR, - There have been conflicting reports about the recycling of plastics. I understood that after recent changes to the recycling market, it was no longer possible to recycle anything plastic other than bottles. I noticed, however, that the containers for other plastic were still there at Waterdale depot.

I rang to inquire and was surprised to learn the rationale was that people were not washing things like yogurt pots, leading to the contamination and non-recyclability of the batch. We can still put things there such as plastic toys and I understood that clean yogurt pots would also be fine. I said this had not been communicated. The lady said she would pass this comment on.

I have to say that on a water meter, or even if you are without one, the value of using time and the cost of water, a scarce resource, has to be weighed against the downside of landfill. I would add that anyone making a special trip by car to the depot needs to also consider the cost of the trip in money, pollution, risk of crashes, and global warming - I know it's cold now as I write, but the globe is heating over the decades.

But if anyone is going to the depot anyway, why not take at least such clean plastics as you can?

My other thought on the subject is that it is strange that just one of the contaminated recycling bins has been targeted for withdrawal. I regularly see food tins not washed and squashed, cardboard and directories in bins for newspapers and magazines only, lids not removed from milk cartons, etc. Are these bins decontaminated or are we taking things there only to be put into landfill? I look forward to official confirmation of the above.

DOUG HEWITT,

London Road, St Albans.

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