Not sure about Southwark but my Dad works in this field. Apparently as a country we don't have the facilities to recycle all the plastic waste we produce - there is not a market for the end product and no money in it. As a result only a small proportion of the UK's plastic waste is actually recycled as we would expect it to. We just need to use less and stop buying it. The supermarkets make it very hard though, we need to put more pressure on them.
> So, as i like most fill my wheelie bin with
> plastic each week - if it cant be recycled, why am
> I encourage to do this, what what happens to it?
Why not ask a direct question to your ward councillor concerned
“However, sometimes, we export materials on what otherwise would be empty ships to make new products in another country. This could happen when there is not much demand at the time in the UK for those materials.”
In other words they flog some, no questions asked to Malaysia, Philippines etc now China won’t take it
Veolia have been quite response when I've asked questions in the past on twitter [twitter.com], if you want to try them there, or on other channels [www.veolia.co.uk]. They also have an open day in September [www.veolia.co.uk].
A few weeks ago, with our friends from Plastic Free Peckham (and there is a brilliant Plastic Free East Dulwich group too), we went to see Southwark and Veolia's massive waste and recycling operation - www.instagram.com/p/Bxy9jj1Htbv. It's genuinely state of the art and we've been impressed by Veolia's approach on this, but it's still hugely difficult, with contamination a particular challenge. The BBC programme has, rightly, brought more attention to this, just as Attenborough and others have before, so hopefully Southwark will feel even more pressure to do the best they can.
Of course, the ideal is not using single-use plastic at all, and as little plastic as possible. And soon you'll have a new local option for shopping that way - our zero waste / refillery store Gather opens (fingers crossed) later this month on Bellenden Road. And also hope, once a bit more settled, to be hosting talks, workshops, get-togethers etc to keep this conversation going.
There’s also Bring Your Own in Nunhead which I know’s been mentioned on other threads. Go armed with clean bags and bottles or you can get them there. Including wine and make your own peanut butter! See here: