10 January 2018

Sheffield City Council has confirmed that China’s ban on importing some types of plastics does not affect the city’s plastic bottle recycling process.

Following the recent announcement from the Chinese Government that they that will no longer import some types of plastics for recycling, Sheffield City Council is reassuring residents that their plastic bottles are not being exported to China for recycling and that its recycling service will continue as normal.

Councillor Bryan Lodge, Cabinet Member for Environment and Streetscene at Sheffield City Council, said: “Sheffield’s plastic bottles are not sent to China for recycling, and nor are they sent to our incinerator. The recent developments do not affect our recycling service and all plastic bottles collected in Sheffield will continue to be recycled into new plastic products, such as garden furniture, electrical ducting and even new plastic bottles.”

“Recycling has huge positive impacts on both our economy and our environment, and this is something we can all contribute to. With more than 38 million plastic bottles used in the UK every day, your recycling really does make a difference.

“I ask all our residents to continue to separate their plastic bottles for recycling through their blue bin, doing their bit towards a cleaner, greener Sheffield.”

Sheffield’s recycling is collected from household blue bins and boxes every two weeks by waste operator Veolia. To find out more about what you can recycle and the relevant collection dates for your area visit the Veolia Sheffield website at https://www.veolia.co.uk/sheffield/