Milton Keynes Council are “appalled” after being made aware local plastic waste has made its way to Malaysian jungles
Following the beginning of three-part BBC documentary ‘War on Plastic’ (10 June), it has become apparent that waste from Milton Keynes and the rest of the UK has been found at dumping grounds near Malaysian jungles. – approximately 50 pink recycling sacks belonging to Milton Keynes Council have been found, as well as masses of supermarket waste from Sainsbury’s, Tesco and more.
Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s shocking BBC documentary report
Throughout the documentary, Hugh paints a vivid picture of how much plastic waste is being produced in England by asking residents of just one street to display it in the street.
As shocking as this is, the documentary pans out to be even more outrageous when Hugh travels to a Malaysian jungle to visit a mountain of ‘recycling’ waste found by Greenpeace.
Milton Keynes Council’s reaction to “appalling” discoveries
“We only work with reputable suppliers who have a clear picture of where recyclable material goes, right throughout the supply chain, and our suppliers have reconfirmed to us that our recyclable materials are dealt with properly,” the council said in a statement.
All household waste which is collected in Milton Keynes will be transported to Wolverton where the contents will then be sorted after the sacks are ripped open.
Milton Keynes Council went on to say “The sacks themselves and most other plastic items are processed in the UK where they’re turned into pellets or small fragments suitable to be manufactured into new plastic goods.
“A small number of specific plastics are currently traded to Taiwan so that they can follow the same process into new items. Our suppliers work with Environment Agency accredited facilities and fully track all plastics on this journey.
“Black bag waste goes directly to our state of the art facility in Wolverton where it’s recovered for recycling, organically treated and turned into energy.”
Milton Keynes Council are well informed and are doing everything they can to improve the situation which the rest of the country finds itself in too, so how can you help?
How businesses in Milton Keynes can stop this from happening
If you’re a business owner or are thinking of booking a domestic skip, Bakers Waste can help you. Whether you require regular wheelie bin waste collections or produce enough cardboard to have your own mill-size baler, we have a solution that suits you and your business’ requirements.
Bakers Waste are passionate about recycling and action this at our dedicated recycling facilities in Desford, Leicestershire as well as waste transfer stations in Enderby and Northampton. Here the waste we collect will be separated through a picking line to ensure as much waste is recycled as possible.
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