Each year in the UK, we dump approximately 414 MT in our landfills or a proportion is used in energy recuperation, which comes from soft plastics, including shopping bags, wrappers for confectionery, food storage bags, and other difficult-to-recycle items.
We should recover these valuable resources as three out of five people are already recycling harder plastics such as plastic bottles.
Ongoing developments at Standfirm mean we will improve our efficiency in safely disposing and recycling lightweight materials like thin films. Currently, we are expanding our capabilities in the detection of different kinds of polymers at our site in Salford. Optimisation means better sorting, separation of packaging materials and a step toward achieving a sustainable environment.