Huntingdonshire has created the UK’s first local circular economy for plastic – whereby discarded plastics are collected, cleaned, reprocessed and reused all within the region.
The initiative is being led by Huntingdonshire District Council in collaboration with a local plastics packaging manufacturer, Charpak Ltd.
Under the scheme, packaging is removed from bins in the street, cleaned and processed and then recycled back into plastic to be reused by manufacturers and bought by consumers.
The circular initiative has helped to reduce the amount of plastic going to landfill by more than 55%.
A spokesperson for Huntingdonshire District Council said: “Our residents are already great recyclers diverting more than 55% of waste from landfill. We need more plastics recycled and less going to landfill, so the next step is to improve the quality of materials that are collected for recycling.
“This can be done by ensuring no food is left in any…
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