LOCAL AUTHORITIES are failing to make the most of opportunities to sell recycled plastics to manufacturers, a leading drainage product company said this week.
As a result the company is having import plastic waste from Europe and China.
Pipeline & Drainage Systems recycles imported plastic to make Envirokerb.
The product is a new type of lightweight kerb drain that is completely made from recycled materials.
It looks like concrete so that it can be used instead of the traditional concrete kerb stones.
'It's a great shame we can't source (the plastic) from here as there is ample material in this country, ' said Pipeline & Drainage Systems director Clifford Maylor.
'But local authorities are just not geared up to stream the waste and provide us with the plastics that we need.' Maylor said his company was ready to invest money in helping local authorities develop a waste sorting facility.
'Nothing would please me more than if we could work with an authority to buy up some land and invest in a recycling centre, ' he said.
'Authorities are receptive Lots of them have expressed an interest and talked to me about it but talking is all they ever do.
'Across the world less developed countries are way ahead of us in terms of recycling, ' he said.