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CRR members backing judicial review revealed

The group of Campaign for Real Recycling (CRR) stakeholders who are supporting its application for a judicial review over the UK’s transposition of the revised Waste Framework Directive (rWFD) have been now been revealed.

Those backing the action are:

  • UK Recyclate Ltd
  • Smurfit Kappa UK
  • Palm Recycling Ltd
  • DS Smith Paper Ltd
  • Novelis UK Ltd
  • Plastics Sorting Ltd
  • Ardagh Glass Ltd

The revelation comes as waste management company Biffa has described the application for a judicial review as “a divisive and very introspective act that wastes time and energy”.

As previously reported in MRW, the CRR believes that including commingled recycling collections in the rWFD does not properly transpose Article 11 of the Directive. It interprets Article 11 as requiring separate collection of paper, plastic, glass and metal by 2015.

Biffa municipal development director Pete Dickson said: “Whatever the regulations say technically or legally, it is obvious that the Directive’s bottom line intent is to separate ‘dry recyclables’ from residual waste. That objective is being achieved today by both commingled and kerbside-sorted collections.

“Both should continue to co-exist in our diverse modern society as local authorities must have the right and flexibility to choose the most appropriate collection system for their needs.”

He added that the CRR’s application was an unnecessary distraction from the good work being done by all players in the industry. “As an industry, we can be proud of our work and should be promoting it but it’s hard to do that when blinkered points-of-view get in the way.”

News of the judicial review application followed WRAP’s MRF meeting last week, when industry stakeholders discussed how to improve the quality of materials going into and coming out of MRFs, including the new MRF Code of Practice developed by the Environmental Services Association.

Biffa recycling director Michael Topham added: “Our MRF-sorted commingled recyclates sell for the same price as kerbside-sorted material. This says to me that both collection systems can achieve the same quality standards.

“Biffa is uniquely a collector, sorter and reprocessor of municipal recyclables, and as such, we are only too aware of the vital importance of meeting quality specifications. Along with our colleagues in the industry, we’re working together to launch the MRF Code of Practice, which will be a great step forward in this regard.” 

Dickson added: “We fully recognise and accept the role that kerbside-sorted recycling collections play in British recycling. Sadly, the CRR appears unable or unwilling to accept the valuable role that commingled collections also play in terms of ease-of-use and proven ability to lift recycling tonnages.”

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