Steel producer Corus has welcomed the new packaging waste recycling targets announced by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra).
Recovery and recycling targets have been set by Defra to ensure that the UK reaches its EU Directive targets. Steel recovery and recycling targets for businesses have been set to 68% in 2008, 68.5% in 2009 and 69% in 2010.
Corus manager David Williams said: This is nothing that we did not really expect. We are pleased that they did not increase the targets for steel to compensate for aluminium targets.
Secondly, we will have stability now for the next few years and we will have no problem reaching our targets.
Thirdly, we are working with 45 to 50 local authority projects including energy from waste and mechanical biological treatment facilities that will give us the material that we need in meeting the targets.
The problem we will have is the quality of steel these new projects will produce. These new projects are churning out steel that is very dirty. But Corus are trying to produce products that will clean the steel that comes out of from the other end. We estimate that 100,000 tonnes of steel will be coming out of these activities.
These targets show that the Government has a mature view of it all and produced reachable targets for steel, aluminium and metals as a whole.
Image: Corus steel bales