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Developing the evidence for plastics recycling report

The evidence for plastics recycling in Scotland. 

It is recognised that decisions on investment in new facilities can only be based on a robust understanding of the market opportunity.

The Developing the Evidence Base for Plastics Recycling in Scotland report is the first stage of a broader project which will also identify the potential reprocessing and recycling of waste plastic in Scotland.

Key findings

Based on the analysis carried out it is concluded that:

  • It is necessary for collection, management and reprocessing activities to all be developed to increase plastic recycling levels in Scotland
  • These must be developed in parallel. It is not economically practical to expect one stage of the supply chain to be developed in advance of others
  • There is significant value in optimising the integration of each part of the supply chain, to optimise the quantity and quality of materials available for reprocessing
  • Scotland must be considered as an integral part of the UK plastic recycling infrastructure. New initiatives that complement existing UK recycling capability will offer maximum benefit to Scotland
  • Increasing the quality (in terms of materials specificity, cleanliness and contamination) of materials collected will increase the potential for local (UK) recycling of materials

Download the full report

You can read the full report by downloading it in the right hand column. 

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