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Fresh plea for packaging export changes

Reprocessors have proposed changes to the packaging export recovery note system in the wake of this week’s Budget.

Membership body the Resource Association called for PERNs to be issued against just 60% of packaging waste exported.

The notes are currently issued against each tonne of waste sent abroad for recycling, but reprocessors say that gives exporters an advantage over domestic recyclers.

UK-based reprocessors issue the equivalent packaging recovery notes against the weight of material they have left after contaminants have been removed to strict guidelines.

RA chief executive Ray Georgeson said measures to remove the imbalance were necessary to sit alongside the higher targets for packaging recovery announced in the Budget.

“A reduction in the PERN value for exported mixed plastics to 60% of the weight of mixed plastics exported would have been a welcome boost for UK reprocessors,” he said. 

“Without this, the new targets feel like a leg-up, but still with one hand tied behind our backs.”

Chancellor George Osborne said in the Budget the Government would legislate later this year for increased statutory packaging recycling targets from 2013 to 2017.

“Targets will increase annually by 3% for aluminium, 5% for plastic and 1% for steel. Glass recycling targets will be split by end use,” he said.

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