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“The UK exported more of its plastic packaging waste abroad for recycling in 2016 than in any of the three years previously. …
More plastic waste is now making its way to Indonesia, Vietnam and Malaysia. … The three countries are all significant sources of plastic pollution in our seas and oceans, mainly due to poor waste collections and management.” http://www.theecologist.org/News/news_round_up/2988755/uk_exporting_67_of_plastic_waste_amid_illegal_practices_warnings.html

This news will hearten those who fear Britain’s international trade will suffer from Brexit: the UK is already a key player in Asia’s dirty economy.

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Repackaging

“By 2030, EU states would have had to recycle 70% of their municipal waste, 80% of product packaging, 60% of plastic packaging, 60% of plastics, 80% of wood and 90% of ferrous metals, aluminium and glass.
But the package was withdrawn by the incoming EU president, Jean-Claude Juncker, after industry protests. The backlash that provoked from environmentalists led Juncker’s deputy, Frans Timmermans, to promise a revised proposal that would be “broader, more ambitious [and] more effective”.” (http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/nov/20/eu-drops-food-waste-marine-litter-reduction-targets-leak-reveals)

The package itself needed 80% recycling.

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Fly-chipping

“New Scottish waste regulations which come into force in January 2014 will make it compulsory for all businesses to separate materials for recycling. … These plans may help to prevent fly-tipping (the illegal dumping of rubbish in unauthorised locations) by businesses. Fly-tipping blights the environment and can have fatal consequences for any wildlife.” (http://scottishwildlifetrust.org.uk/article/trust-supports-scottish-government-plans-to-cut-waste/)

However, citizens are reminded that our ‘healthy’ chip shop trade sector depends on fly papers.