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Don't bail out poor quality, Campaign for Real Recycling tells Kennedy

Commingled collections have been branded the problem behind low grade recyclates in a letter to Environment Minister Jane Kennedy.

The letter, from Campaign for Real Recycling chairman Mal Williams, asked Kennedy to resist pressure to prop up or bail out poor quality collections or processes in the tough economic climate. He said that there was still a healthy and enduring market for good quality material.

He said low grade mixed materials, which were the source of the stockpiling stories, came from commingled collections. He wrote: To put it bluntly, we cannot reprocess much of the material that is currently being stockpiled [because the quality is too low].

The UK reprocessor market is not saturated and tonnages of feedstock are being imported to provide sufficient quality, he said.

But MRF operators in the UK, such as Greenstar UK, have denied that they are stockpilingmaterial. Chief executive Ian Wakelin said he was selling everything the company was processing.

In the letter, Williams asked Kennedy to:

* reserve Government support for local authorities investing in quality collections such as kerbside sort;

* continue supporting local authorities already providing quality materials.

Williams comments echoed sentiments expressed a few days ago in a similar letter CRR sent to the Welsh Recycling Minister Jane Davidson.

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