Plastic Recycling in RainhillWe have for some time been aware that plastic recycling is the next step in becoming more green and planet friendly. A number of local residents have recently told us that they feel the same way.
Plastic recycling is a complex issue. It has not taken off in a big way due to a variety of issues. The vast numbers of different plastics available that have to be separated for recycling is a difficult problem and historically there was a negative price differential to collections, it costing more to collect than to sell on, and therefore a price to pay (ultimately by the local residents).
We all cannot "bury our heads in the sand" forever and your three local councillors want to start a campaign to recycle. We believe that costs could now be neutral and there are companies who buy plastic waste, treat it and produce next generation products all on one site.
For that reason, at the last Community Meeting, the chairman, Mike Doyle, proposed that Rainhill pilot a recycling plastic scheme and that the scheme be submitted for approval by St Helens Council. We are still awaiting an official response but hope that we can set up a scheme as soon as possible. We welcome residents comments.