Bag2Bag: In London Veolia recycles used plastic bags as refuse sacks

People living in the Southwark area of London who are participating in the Bag2Bag program have just received their first recycled refuse sacks - made from plastic bags they previously deposited at collection points. This circular loop falls within the waste collection and recycling service managed by Veolia for the district.

The collected bags are reprocessed by CeDo, a plastics manufacturer based in Telford. The bags are washed, shredded into small pellets, which are then blown into bubbles of plastic film to form new bags. Already 1,000 tonnes of plastic bags have been transformed into 500,000 refuse sacks.

"Plastic bags are rarely collected by local authorities, so I’m happy to be working with Veolia to deliver on our commitment to send fewer materials to landfill," said Councillor Darren Merrill, Southwark Council cabinet member for recycling and the environment.

"This is a great illustration of the shared contribution of Veolia and the residents of Southwark to the circular economy. And if this trial is successful, we hope to roll it out to other local authorities," added Richard Kirkman, Veolia's Technical Director in the United Kingdom.

The eight billion plastic bags disposed of in England every year create an enormous environmental challenge. In general, collecting and recycling plastics is a real environmental issue. The results of the latest scientific expedition Tara, supported by the Veolia Foundation, is clear: the Mediterranean has 5 kg of plastic per square kilometer (for only 1 kg of plankton) and it will take 450 years to disappear. By reusing plastic, Veolia is “closing the loop” on a valuable resource and makes it possible to avoid pollution that is difficult to eliminate.  


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