Published: Thursday, 14th June 2018
Recycling waste plastic is on the agenda for public discussion at an information event on Thursday 28 June.
Organised by Recycle for Norfolk and RECOUP, the event takes place 10:30am - 3:30pm in New Conduit Street, King's Lynn.
Recycling of Used Plastics Limited (RECOUP) is a member-based charity and leading authority providing expertise and guidance across the plastics recycling value chain. RECOUP staff will be on hand to answer questions and provide information about plastic waste. Also present will be staff from the borough council's waste and recycling department.
The event is supported by Recycle for Norfolk, who will be exhibiting a work of art made out of plastic bottles, by local Norwich-based artist Karen Whiterod, and some of the entrants in the competition to design clothing from plastic recycled into fabric.
Stuart Foster, Chief Executive of the charity RECOUP, said: “RECOUP’s mission is to explain to people how easy it is to recycle plastic containers so they never become a blight on the natural environment. It’s important people know what happens to their plastic and that it is made into new bottles, trays and cartons, or indeed other items such as fabric.
“This project provides a great opportunity to reduce confusion householders may have when recycling plastics and to ensure that the resource is recycled and does not end up in the natural environment.”
West Norfolk residents recycle over 14,500 tonnes of material through the kerbside collection each year. Over 400 tonnes of plastic bottles were recycled into bottles last year. All of the processing of plastic material collected in Norfolk is done in the UK and Europe to ensure the quality of our environment is protected.
Cllr Ian Devereux, Borough Council of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk cabinet member for Environment, said: "The council has very limited ability to affect how plastic is used in industry, including the food industry and in retail. We do make sure that the waste we collect is stored, transported and processed to protect the environment from harm.
"Helping residents to understand how plastics are recycled and the part that they have to play in that journey is an important part of our role. We are delighted to work with RECOUP on this project. It is the role of the packaging industry and users of its products to take responsibility for the materials they make to ensure that they are capable of being recycled easily and that this message is conveyed to the public in a simple way."
West Norfolk residents have a chance to come and find out more about plastic recycling at the roadshow on 28 June, and get answers to any recycling questions they might have. Anyone who can’t be there on the day can tweet their questions to @WestNorfolkBC.