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Plastic recycling is to continue in Swale as normal

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Friday 12 January

Local residents are being reassured that reports of changes to the export of plastics for recycling to China will have no impact on local collections.

All waste collected by Swale Borough Council is disposed of at county-level by Kent County Council, which does not send mixed plastics to China. 

Their materials recycling facility in Crayford takes tins and cartons, as well as plastics collected from households to be remanufactured as ‘future’ polymers. 

Cllr David Simmons, cabinet member for environment and rural affairs at the council, said: 

"We’re working hard to increase the amount of recycling across the borough – not only is it the best way to dispose of waste it actually saves us, and therefore local council taxpayers, significant amounts of money. 

"The last thing we need is people thinking that because they’ve heard China isn’t taking plastic waste, it’s not worth bothering to recycle it. 

"Our recycling process has no link to China, so there is no need to worry about plastics backing up or increased use of landfill or incineration. 

"We need people to keep recycling, and make sure they are making the most of the service available too by recycling as much of their waste as possible."

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