Shocking BBC Video Shows What Happens To Plastic Sent For Recycling

665 tons of our plastic were exported last year
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The program looks at plastic waste (Photo: BBC)

The program looks at plastic waste (Photo: BBC)

A new BBC video asks what happens to our recycling after its been collected by the council?

The video is part of the BBC's series War on Plastic with Hugh and Anita, where Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and Anita Rani look at the amount of plastic we produce, and 'challenge big businesses to do more to reduce the plastic in their products'.

This segment is part of an episode titled War on Plastic with Hugh and Anita: Dumped recycling.

Plastic horror

"What happens to our recycling after its been collected by the council?" the video asks."665 tons of our plastic last year were exported overseas.

"After China banned plastic imports in 2018, much of our recycling is being shipped to Malaysia, where it can end up in illegal sites."

Looking at the large sites of plastic, Fearnley-Whittingstall said he was angry - and 'felt like he'd been lied to'.

You can watch the full video here