As a business which helps our customers recycle plastic, many may think we want people to produce as much waste plastic as possible, when nothing could be further from the truth.
As a waste management and environmental consultancy, our goal is to help ensure the companies we advise do all they can to recycle waste and adopt other best practices that will help preserve our planet. On this basis, we welcome all initiatives that will help this.
The recent announcement by Environment Minister, Therese Coffey that a UK-wide ban is to be placed on manufacturers making products containing microbeads with immediate effect is more welcome news in the fight to cut down on plastics that end up in our oceans and not processed for recycling.
It is estimated up to 51 trillion microbeads are currently in our oceans, while a single shower can flush away an estimated 100,000 microbeads. They are then ingested by marine life and the seafood that is caught for human consumption, which means we could end up eating plastic! So far there have been no identified risk to human life, but the affects on marine life are widely reported every day!
These micro beads are used in hundreds of different cosmetic products such as toothpaste, face washes and shower gels. Subsequently, many cosmetic manufacturers have, or were already investigating and using biodegradable materials that can be used that break down in water and therefore will not be ingested by marine life and end up in our food chain.
Commenting, David Brighton, Commercial Director from Blue Castle Group said, "As a waste management and environmental consultancy, which offers plastics recycling services, many may think we want people to produce as much waste plastic as possible, when nothing could be further from the truth. Our desire is that manufacturers and packaging companies strive to use materials that are fully recyclable or biodegradable. The recycling industry is always innovating and finding ways to recycle the waste we produce. We need to work together to drive through a recycling culture. If we can achieve this, manufacturers, consumers and the environment will all winners."