Solid Waste Treatment and the Solutions to Dispose of Plastic Waste in the UK

Plastic Recycling Machinery

According to the statistics, the recycling rate of the solid waste in the UK is 45% in 2017. So far, waste recycling and reusing is still one of the most important parts in waste management of the UK. The government has set a goal which is to enhance the recycling rate up to 50% in 2020. Well, when we look back to the past years, we’ll see that the rate has risen since 2000, but now the speed of rising has slowed down obviously.

Plastic Recycling Machinery
Plastic Recycling in the UK

One of the reasons for the slowing might be a loose management in initial waste separation. British residents usually make mistakes while doing the waste disposal. 7% of the residents believe diapers are recyclable, 20% of them believe polystyrene are recyclable, and many people dispose of stones and brickbats as organic wastes. Therefore, it is obvious that the residents need a clear and strict guidance of where to put their wastes.

Amount of Solid Waste in the UK

Year 2010 Year 2011 Year 2012 Year 2013 Year 2014 Year 2015
The UK 2700 2680 2640 2590 2680 2670
England 2210 2220 2220 2160 2240 2220
Scotland 260 250 240 230 230 240
Welsh 130 130 130 130 130 130
Northern Ireland 80 80 80 80 80 80

(Unit: Ten Thousand Ton)

Besides, plastic waste has covered a large part of the total amount of solid waste in the UK. But the country doesn’t have the equivalent ability to dispose of them. As a result, since 2012, many companies or enterprises in this country chose to export plastic waste to China mainland. From 2012 to 2017, the UK has exported more than 2,700,000 tons of plastic waste to China, which covers 2/3 of the total amount of exports.

The ban on importing plastic waste from foreign countries has been completely imposed in China since January 2018 has also caused an embarrassment for the plastic waste in the UK. Some insiders even said that there might be a collapse in UK waste recycling industry unless the government finds out a new way.

Plastic Recycling in the UK
Beston Plastic/Tyre Recycling Plant BLL-16 in the UK

Facing the severe situation of the plastic waste and all other solid waste treatment in the UK, they need to either reduce the using of plastic or improve the plastic recycling rate. For the past decades, plastic recycling in the UK develops slowly because of their dependence on China. They need to make themselves stronger. Using all kinds of waste recycling facilities, especially the mechanical machines of plastic recycling, seems to be a way.

Using Plastic Recycling Machinery to Reduce Plastic Waste

Beston’s plastic recycling machine shall be a good choice. This kind of plastic waste recycling equipment has helped a lot of European countries, including the UK, to dispose of their plastic waste. It is a high-efficiency machine to turn plastic into oil and carbon black using the technology of pyrolysis. It is a green and eco-friendly plant which can reduce 95% volume of the original plastic waste. The end products, the oil and the carbon black are both useful in many aspects of human’s life and industries.

Plastic to Oil Machine Price in the UK
Plastic to Oil: a Green Way to Recycle and Reduce Plastic Waste

Even though plastic waste is an inevitable kind of waste in a modern world, our dependence on plastic staffs is also not that easy to eliminate, we still have worked out ways to get rid of the dangers brought by them. If your country or your city is also facing a severe situation of plastic waste and if you are starting a plastic recycling plant in the UK or any other countries, Beston will be a reliable friend for you can trust. Reach us if you are interested.

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