Recycling has been a primary focus of waste management strategies for local authorities across the UK for many years. As awareness increases, the importance of recycling of every material grows stronger every day. Local authorities could easily hit their sustainability targets by working with more suppliers who use recycled materials in their products.
Furthermore, they can help with the economy of the UK by using only British-made products. UK businesses have an extreme number of pressures on them and such activities can help UK manufacturing take a turn for the better. Overseas may have cheaper products, but they are not helping to stimulate the UK economy or be environmentally friendly. All across the country, councillors need to focus on the materials that are in the products. They must have a recycled content target to deliver waste management strategies and ultimately drive the sustainability throughout the country. The only way to properly increase sustainability is through education. Many believe that becoming sustainable costs money when often the opposite is true. Improving resource efficiency doesn’t have to cost a lot of money and it can even help councils to generate more money. A culture change is needed that will in turn lead to better procurement strategies so that the country can be more sustainable and reduce the waste going into the landfills.
Councils are able to improve the UK economy and the green agenda in many different ways. If all of the councils will specify and set targets for recycled content, it will reduce the amount of waste being generated in all of the households. For example, MGB Plastics recently delivered 200,000 wheelie bins to Hull City Council. It wasn’t just a matter of delivering the contract on time but more importantly it was about recycling the current bins. All of the decommissioned bins were collected from the households. They were broken down, recycled and used to make new bins so that new resources weren’t used and the old pieces didn’t end up in the landfill.
As a result of the recycled wheelie bins, Hull City Council was able to report a 70% recycling rate for the period, which is double the previous percentages being reported earlier in the year. The conclusion is that tonnes of old plastic or any other relevant material does not have to get buried into the landfills every year. Many times, it can be broken down, recycled or re-appropriated just like the wheelie bins were. The road to sustainability is paved with strategies and targets such as this. Something that seems very insignificant can have a greater impact than one may think.
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Operating from a modern manufacturing facility in Rotherham, MGB Plastics has the capacity to manufacture in excess of 1 million wheeled bins per annum. In addition to manufacturing wheeled bins and kitchen caddies, we also have a dedicated “in-house” distribution team that have been responsible for the delivery of in excess of 4 million wheeled bins to households throughout the UK. MGB Plastics Limited is a wholly owned subsidiary of One51plc. For further information on One51plc, please visit the website at www.one51.com.