Last week saw the release of the 2015 quarter one packaging recycling data, highlighting achievements of reaching provisional quarterly obligations in some materials.
The interim figures, published by the Environment Agency, illustrate the amount of recycling which took place between January and March this year, with some materials exceeding the tonnage needed to reach our forecast obligations for the first quarter of 2015 (see table below).
The good, the bad and the ugly
Paper saw a large excess in recovery, with 200,000 tonnes over the estimated quarterly obligation being accepted or exported in Q1. Steel and wood are also in a comfortable position, with the amount accepted or exported being in excess of what was required to be recycled provisionally in Q1.
However it wasn’t such positive news for aluminium. The figures highlighted a shortfall in recovery, with recycled material being approximately 4,000 tonnes short of the estimated quarterly obligation. It has been reported that this could be due to the removal of agreed protocols for aluminium, and possibly the complexity of the accreditations process.
Glass also saw a shortfall in aggregate. However, almost all of the estimated quarterly re-melt obligation was fulfilled.
Energy from Waste recovery was far below the estimated tonnage required for Q1. However, this is explained by reprocessors issuing EfW PRNs now requiring R1 accreditation. This has caused a delay in the supply of recovery evidence, but it is hoped that this will improve as the year goes on, and more reprocessors achieve R1 status.
What does this mean for producers?
ecosurety’s Commercial Director, James Piper, comments on the figures “Despite some materials missing their required target, most materials have exceeded expectations. This is great news for producers as markets which were causing concern, plastic in particular, should be protected from the steep price rise forecasted at the start of the year. ecosurety members certainly should see balanced invoicing throughout the year.”
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Robbie is innovation and policy director at Ecosurety. Having spent years building an intimate understanding of the industry’s policies and politics, he uses this knowledge to help shape new legislation and oversees Ecosurety’s growing portfolio of cross-industry innovation projects including Podback and the Flexible Plastic Fund. He has worked closely with Defra during the most recent packaging consultations, outlining the impacts and required transitional arrangements of the UK’s new EPR system and is a member of the government’s Advisory Committee on Packaging (ACP). He is also a spokesperson for the company and regularly uses his influence to communicate the importance of environmental responsibility to external stakeholders.
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