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Recycling

PUBLISHED: 12:42 13 October 2008 | UPDATED: 21:30 05 July 2010

I read with interest the letter from Eric Benn regarding plastic carrier bags (August 22) and do agree, although I have reservations about recycling because it costs so much to collect and recycle and only about 8pc of recyclable waste can be collected anyway.

I read with interest the letter from Eric Benn regarding plastic carrier bags (August 22) and do agree, although I have reservations about recycling because it costs so much to collect and recycle and only about 8pc of recyclable waste can be collected anyway.

In my opinion, what is a far better alternative is oxo-biodegradable plastic.

A Hertfordshire company has developed an additive which, when added to the normal manufacturing process of many plastic products, will allow packaging to degrade in a predetermined amount of time (from as little as 18 months) after its useful life.

This degradation process leaves no fragments, no methane and no harmful residues in the soil and it does not emit methane (even deep in a landfill). It passes eco-toxicity tests and is certified safe for contact with food. It can be recycled and composted in vessels according to www.biodeg.org, the Oxo-biodegradable Plastics Association website.

The Co-op supermarket chain uses this technology for their carrier bags and it's a pity that other UK retailers would rather make us buy far thicker carrier bags at their checkouts which will take many hundreds of years to degrade rather than give us an oxo-biodegradable one free that will degrade in months and which we can reuse as Mr Benn suggested.

LYNETTE KING

Sycamore Road

Croxley Green

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