In general, plastic packagings can be recycled. For black plastic trays, the story is a bit more complicated. They are usually coloured using carbon black pigments which do not enable the pack to be sorted in a recycling plant. As a result, this type of packaging commonly ends up as residue and is disposed of in landfill or recycled into lower value materials where polymer sorting is not required.
Table 1 – Black Plastic Tray recyclability in 5 Local Authorities across UK
|England||London Westminster City Council||Plastic trays are recycable, there are NO more precisely information||Some plastic types are not recyclable. No info about black plastic trays|
|England||Oxford City Council||Blue household recycling bin or sack||Back plastic trays are recyclable|
|Scotland||City of Edimburgh||Individual: green wheelie bin (mixed recycling)||Clean plastic bottles, pots, tubs and trays are recyclable. No info about black plastic trays|
|Communal: green lidded bins (mixed recycling)|
|Wales||Cardiff Council||Green recycled bag||Black plastic food trays are recyclable|
|Northern Ireland||Belfast City Council||If you have 2 recycling boxes and a small green bin put it in the black one.||Plastic trays are recyclable. No info about black plastic trays|
|If you have 3 stacked recycling boxes (wheelie box) and a small green bin put it in the red one|
This is the end of our fifth short story on waste materials. We hope that you found it informative.
A final note. Just in England, there are 350 Local Authorities collecting household waste. Waste devolution usually brings a lack of consistency in the materials accepted for recycling across Boroughs and this create confusion.
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