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Q1 recycling targets released

The Environment Agency have released provisional recycling figures for the first quarter of 2014, with interesting results for the steel, glass and plastic markets.

The steel and plastic figures show the greatest change when compared against the same period in 2013. The amount of steel recycled is significantly lower (approximately 27%) when compared with last year, leading to concerns in the market of a possible shortage. On a more positive note, there has been an improvement in the amount of glass and plastic recycled, with the plastic tonnage around 25% higher than it was in 2013.

 

Material

Tonnage recycled Q1 2014

Tonnage Recycled Q1 2013

Paper

816,327

834,217

Glass Remelt

253,300

234,936

Glass Aggregate

106,170

102,045

Aluminium

16,147

17,239

Steel

78,861

108,604

Plastic

199,757

158,366

Wood

104,570

111,827

 

Steel

Steel recycling is believed to have dropped since 2013, largely as a result of the shortage in export container availability, meaning that it has been difficult to send material abroad for reprocessing. This means that the PRN price per tonne for steel is currently estimated at around £15 per tonne. On the flip side of this it is believed that the increase in price of steel PRNs, as well as some earlier stockpiling of material, will mean that we see higher recycling rates later in the year.  

ecosurety has purchased a significant proportion of our steel PRN obligation, so our members can be assured that there are no concerns about supply of steel PRNs to offset their 2014 obligations. We are also confident that our pricing will be competitive against others in the market.

Plastic

There have been concerns about the increased plastic obligation, with the recycling target increasing by 5% since 2013. However, the amount of recycling reported in January – March this year is around 25% higher than it was in Q1 2013, which is reassurance that this target can in fact be met.

Glass

Glass recycling has also increased in 2014, compared with the figures reported for the same period in 2013, going from total 326,816 tonnes in 2013 to 358,589 tonnes in 2014. Typically, glass recycling is lower in Quarter One and increases later in the year. It is expected that the glass PRN pricing will be more stable in 2014 than it has been in previous years. The PRN prices are currently around £50 for remelt and £30 for aggregate.

This data will be confirmed later in the month, when the Environment Agency publishes the annual obligation figures, showing how much recycling is required in 2014. Therefore, the significance of the changes in recycling levels above will only become apparent when the total UK PRN obligation for 2014 is confirmed.

For more information, please contact our Compliance Team on 0845 094 2228 or email info@ecosurety.com.


Robbie Staniforth

Innovation and Policy Director

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.


Written by Robbie Staniforth Published 01/05/2014 Topics Compliance

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