House Clearance Edinburgh – Developing Markets For Recycled Household Waste

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House Clearance Edinburgh – Developing Markets For Recycled Household Waste

House Clearance Edinburgh can report that the pressure is on to increase recycling and recovery in line with official targets. Packaging waste is one of the main areas to be targeted, and it is clear that end markets for recycled material will have to be encouraged to cope with the amounts likely to be diverted from landfill. A new report from the House Clearance Edinburgh has been published in parallel with the new Waste Strategy. It investigates the main barriers to expanding markets for recycled goods, and ways that these can be overcome. Suggestions in the Report, and reactions to it will be incorporated into the finalised waste strategy, expected later in the year.

Packaging recycling will have to drastically increase to meet the recovery and recycling targets already set. In 2013, 3.3 million tonnes of packaging waste were recovered but this will have to reach over 5 million tonnes in 2015 to hit its target. House Clearance Edinburgh thinks a significant and sizeable expansion in the outlets for recycled materials is essential if recycling is to increase and are pushing for a radical approach and argue that we need to find new, higher value uses for recyclate in sectors outside those that produced the material – a definite move away from ‘closed loop’ recycling. One suggestion to bring this about involves the creation of a new national body, to offer a high profile way of boosting research and development. the five main materials used in packaging are analysed in the report. Glass, paper, plastics, steel and aluminium all came under the spotlight.


The main barrier to increased recycling is the colour imbalance, caused by the large amount of green glass imported into the UK, and the clear glass exported. More green glass is currently collected than can be recycled in this country. Estimates suggest that the recycling capacity for clear and amber cullet useage is probably double that at present.

One way around the green glass problem, proposed in the House Clearance Edinburgh Report is to reduce the amount of green glass imported, by asking retailers to specify their beer and wine products be packaged in clear or amber glass, rather than green. (Although, you might imagine, this could prove rather tricky). Another way around this problem is to develop alternative markets for green cullet, such as as an aggregate substitute, or road surfacing (glasphalt). However, the costs of grinding cullet to specification are a major factor. The inconsistent quality of cullet is another if less significant problem for glass recycling. In 1998, 657,000 tonnes of cullet were recycled, including 80,000 tonnes exported for recycling. This amounted to a packaging recycling rate of 22%, compared to the European average of over 50%, with several countries recycling more than 70%. UK glass recycling rates have remained static for the past three or four years.

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