"A criminal conspiracy operated by Warburtons employees made money from recycling half a MILLION pounds worth of stolen bread baskets – a court has heard. Warburtons delivery driver Paul Rogers and his bakery boss Robert Cooper are accused of stealing at least 60 lorry loads of plastic bread trays and selling them to a recycling plant, owned by Paul Matthews. Preston Crown Court heard the two men hatched the plan along with PM Plastics boss Matthews after the well-known bread-making company started recycling its own baskets at the Darwen, Lancashire, plant in November 2010."Note that in this case (as well as the previously noted case in LA), the plastics stolen were being chipped and ground into recycled plastic, proving that there is quite a demand and even more money to be made in recycling plastics.
The article doesn't state exactly what the penalty could be, but I'm sure that the court will make sure that it delivers a good wallop to the breadbasket. (Sorry, couldn't resist.)