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EA error leads to distorted aluminium PRN performance

An administrative error by a new Environment Agency (EA) computer system has made it look as though the packaging recovery notes (PRNs) for aluminium had dropped to the floor in published first quarter figures.

However, it appears that tonnages for a major reprocessor had not been included meaning the distorted figure.

The EA figures suggested that 7,676 tonnes of aluminium had been reprocessed in the UK and only 233 PRNs or packaging export recovery notes (PERNs) had been issued for the first quarter of 2007.

Alupro executive director Rick Hindley said: On first looking at the Q1 figures, it appears that aluminium PRNs/PERNs are significantly down on Q1 2006.

However, we have discovered that the data for one of the large reprocessors/exporters has not been included due to an administrative error in the EAs new computer systems.

If the excluded tonnage is added back in, Q1 2007 is slightly down on Q1 2006, which we believe is doe to exporters finding it difficult to obtain the necessary evidence to meet the new EAs broadly equivalent requirements.

We anticipate that the extension granted to the metals sector by the EA should result in the tonnage shortfall in Q1 being made up in Q2. We are still seeing a continued increase in the volume of aluminium cans and foil collected by local authorities and are optimistic that 2007 will see further growth in the collection of aluminium packaging for recycling.

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