16 April 2015

Warnings of materials shortages come from British Plastics Federation

upvc waste conferenceThe British Plastics Federation has announced its concerns that plastics processors are currently facing shortages of key materials, while Closed Loop Recycling calls for measures to stabilise the recycled plastics market and the long-term sustainability of recycled HDPE.

Making comment on the subject, the BPF's director-general Philip Law said that he was receiving an increasing volume of messages indicating that processors are being damaged through not being able to secure the polymer they need.

"There has been a spate of force-majeure declarations," said Law, "that is reminiscent of 2010. It certainly appears that some processors, particularly of LDPE, LLDPE and HDPE, are on allocation. This threatens their ability to fulfill contracts. It is important for their customers to recognise that they have genuine difficulties. This is not just a UK issue it certainly affects France, Germany and Italy."

In March, press reports warned of the possible closure of Closed Loop Recycling, and CEO Chris Dow issued a press statement stating that the company is:

"…keenly aware that the plastic recycling industry is facing difficult times and we have every intention to meet our targets…It is crucial that all sides of the supply chain work together with government to achieve these results."