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UK recycling system at tipping point, DS Smith warns

Photo courtesy of DS Smith
Photo courtesy of DS Smith
25 Mar 2019 − 

The UK risks reaching its 65 per cent recycling target only in 2048, more than one decade later than the EU Circular Economy Package's target suggests, paper and packaging manufacturer DS Smith warns.

The company has presented the results of its "Tipping point report", which was carried out in cooperation with Central Saint Martins, University of Arts London.

According to the report, the constant increase in B2C (business to consumer) e-commerce, inconsistent and under-financed recycling systems (especially in England), compounded by the elimination of export markets for UK wastes in China, are the main reasons for stagnating or declining household recycling rates.

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