It is plain that the UK is on the brink of a massive recycling crisis and it is one the government can no longer ignore.
We had impossible recycling targets thrust on us by the EU under the Waste Framework Directive and this threw our local authorities into a tail spin to try to achieve them without any real hope of success.
Attention has been concentrated on meeting these targets instead of a developing proper detailed proposals to deal with waste, particularly plastics.
The general public are waking up to the menace of plastic packaging – some of it which is not or cannot be recycled – at the same time as China has declined to keep taking our plastic detritus.
This eventuality must surely have been anticipated by the government but according to our recycling industry leaders there seems to be no Plan B.
The concept of incinerating such materials must raise concerns about potential air pollution and landfill sites are already getting full.
There is plainly no easy answer to the existing plastic waste – but meanwhile it is essential that pressure is applied to ensure manufacturers cut right back on using such materials in the first place.
Jonathan Arnott MEP