Recycling code to encourage quality checks

Proposals to improve recycling have been set out in a new code of practice, which was launched by the resources management minister last week.

The plans will see a quality improvement in paper, card, metals, plastic and glass, which will see recycling collected from both private homes and businesses.

Resources management minister Lord de Mauley said: “The recycling industry contributes around £3bn to our economy. Having sufficient quantity of recyclable material is of course important for the markets.”

He added that he would like to change the fact that quality of material is often overlooked and proposed to measure the quality of recycling being processed at material recovery facilities (MRF).

“While some MRFs already provide quality material I want to see this happening more consistently across the industry,” he said.

Marcus Gover director for Closed Loop Economy at WRAP - an organisation that works to reduce waste - welcomed the proposals: “Quality is key to the continued growth and success of the whole recycling supply chain in the UK. This is as much about supporting economic growth as it is about improving the environment. In these challenging economic times, local authorities, waste management companies and reprocessors need to work together to make the most of the UK’s recycling success story.”

The announcement was also welcomed by Estelle Brachlianoff, chief executive officer, Veolia Environmental Services. “The consultation should lead to a new regime which will drive quality up across the entire supply chain – a move which we have long favoured – and support the continued growth of the low carbon economy,” she said.


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