B&Q repeat polystyrene claim

Bedding packaging recycling

Kingfisher chief executive chief executive Sir Ian Cheshire has again claimed that polystyrene bedding packaging is not recyclable, despite its B&Q business having a polystyrene recycling scheme running from its own headquarters near Southampton.

B&Q has introduced APET packaging with 'teabag technology' for new coir-based bedding plants grown by Coletta & Tyson.

Cheshire said of the old polystyrene packs: "They were totally unrecyclable and they clogged up customers’ bins."

Styropack said polystyrene is 100 per cent recyclable, including at B&Q's facility, adding: "Styropack currently runs a free recycling scheme for B&Q at their headquarters in Southampton. We collect their polystyrene and recycle it – either back into packaging, into insulation or it is recycled back into a clean feedstock."

B&Q said its new biodegradable product is an advance on old technology.

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