The plastic that doesn't get recycled ends up in landfill or at sea.
Fost Plus, the organisation responsible for recycling that groups recycling businesses, claims 80% of such receptacles are recycled. Recover, a co-operation grouping waste processing companies, rejects the figure after it looked into the matter. Recover points to plastic bottles brought into the country from abroad - up to 10% of the total and not included in the Fost figures - and plastic producers operating under the radar. Recover says the recycled waste is weighed to get an idea of the number, but this weight also includes remaining liquids!
Recycled plastics are used in food trays that are not recycled and end up in ordinary waste. Recover's Kris Somers: "For the production of new plastic bottles fresh petroleum is used increasing the amount of plastic in the environment”.