New ‘flexible plastic’ scheme kickstarts in England

Over 6,500 homes in Essex will be part of a pilot scheme aimed at reducing plastic waste – but not just any plastic waste, ‘flexible’ plastic.

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The new FlexCollect scheme will enable people to recycle ‘flexible’ plastics as part of their normal recycling collections.

Wait – flexible plastics?

Flexible plastics include things like plastic cups, cheese wrap, film lids, clingfilm, sauce pouches and more.

These plastics are usually really hard to recycle under a normal recycling scheme and often get thrown into landfills instead.

So how does it work?

Maldon District Council is the third local authority, alongside Cheltenham and South Gloucestershire, to implement this FPF FlexCollect scheme. 

So far it’s all just a pilot scheme, but hopefully one day this could be something implemented around the country to help reduce plastic waste.

This article aligns with the UN SDG Climate Action.