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UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, e-Digest of Environmental Statistics, 2006; Julian Parfitt, WRAP as cited in Cool Waste Management,
Uploaded on Wednesday 22 Feb 2012
Packaging waste composition in the UK
According to Residua, a UK company working on solid waste issues, about 50 per cent of European goods are wrapped in plastic (17 per cent by weight). There are many types of plastic packaging: plastic bottles are often made of polyethylene terephthalate (PET), yoghurt pots are mostly
polypropylene (PP), wrapping film, bin liners and flexible
containers are usually low-density polyethylene (LDPE) and
so on. This diversity partly explains why recycling rates for plastics are low: each type of plastic needs its own recycling process.