Updated recycled glass packaging figures have offered a boost for the sector after provisional Environment Agency (EA) data showing a significant fall had caused concern.
Provisional figures suggested glass remelt accepted for UK reprocessing had dropped to 159,000 tonnes in the first quarter of 2016, down from 205,000 tonnes in the previous three-month period.
The decrease has taken industry experts by surprise, with plastics and steel previously thought to be more at risk.
But the EA’s new figure, revised after “data submission error corrections”, has shown a much healthier 197,000 tonnes figure for the period.
360 Environmental director Phil Conran said on his organisation’s website: “This has grown by 37k tonnes from the figure previously published suggesting a much easier ride that had been feared.”
He had questioned whether the provisional figure was accurate when it was published, saying at the time “it would be interesting to see if that goes up at all once the EA has verified everything”.
The EA has also published the provisional packaging obligation data for 2016. This creates the demand figure for 2016 packaging recovery notes, taking into account those carried over from December 2015.
Conran said: “The number of registrations is still well below final 2015 levels - 6,627 vs 6,961 - suggesting that the published figures will grow - how much, at this stage, is impossible to say.
“But it looks as though most materials will end up with similar levels to 2015.”
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