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Letters: Every piece of plastic should have recycling information on it by law

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SIR – The huge majority of plastics are non-toxic, hygienic and, despite the suggestions of some of your letter-writers, recyclable.

The belief that plastic wrappings are not recyclable comes from ignorance and the reality that a large proportion of plastics do not have the recycling information printed or embossed on them.

One letter (January 11) suggested that plastic sleeves from the mailing covers for magazines were not recyclable. They are, and in fact command a nice price.

The solution to the whole problem is education combined with labelling and proper recycling facilities. I would start by insisting that every item of plastic has the correct recycling information on it, by law.

To have plastic-free aisles in supermarkets – a bandwagon that has recently been jumped on – is actually counterproductive. This aisle, even in the consumer’s fertile imagination, does not contain unpackaged...

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