Powys County Council have offered assurances that plastic waste collected from the kerbside in Powys is not sent to Asia.

The council says it collects recyclable materials and food waste from households on a weekly basis, which are sent to processing facilities based in the UK.

A recent documentary, The War On Plastic on the BBC, featuring Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and Anita Rani, highlighted the practice of shipping plastic waste to Asia for processing, but Cllr Phyl Davies, Cabinet Member for Recycling and Waste, says no Powys waste is handled in this way.

"None of the kerbside plastic we collect is sent to Asia," he said.

"Unfortunately, there is simply not enough processing capacity at UK facilities to handle all of the plastic waste produced in the UK without the need for export.

"However, we have a contract with a large UK-based recycling processor who are able to directly recycle most of the plastic waste we collect at their facilities here in the UK.

"Not all the plastic waste can be recycled and is rejected because it is contaminated or the quality is not good enough. Rejected plastic waste is either turned into solid recovered fuel which is used to power energy from waste facilities and a small portion of rejected material is landfilled.

"When we collect plastics at the kerbside we only collect material that recycling processors actually want. This is why we stopped collecting plastic film several years back as it is very difficult to find a market for this material.

"We would like to thank residents for helping us to supply a quality product to the recycling industry."