Message from Basingstoke & Deane Borough Council:
Unfortunately there has been a drop in the market for recycling mixed plastics making it unviable for the company providing mixed plastic bring banks in the borough to sell on the material for recycling. This is a national issue affecting other local authorities around the country.
It is important that the items we collect at these banks are being recycled or, if this is not possible, then the most efficient and environmentally friendly method of disposal used. To guarantee this we have decided, for the moment, to close the plastic recycling banks while we work with Hampshire County Council to look for markets for this material.
Please continue to recycle clean plastic bottles including drink bottles, shampoo and bleach bottles in your kerbside green bin and place all other plastics in your grey waste bin. This will be sent to the Energy Recovery Facility (ERF) to produce electricity which is fed back to the national grid and is still the best option, environmentally, for non-recyclable waste.