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EA reviews stance on PRNs for bottom ash

The Environment Agency has confirmed that it is reviewing its stance on whether PRNs can be issued on the glass content of Incinerator Bottom Ash (IBA).

Waste firms were allowed to issue the packaging recovery notes against IBA until 2006 when the Environment Agency ruled that it did not constitute recycling of glass packaging.

However, recent concerns over meeting glass recycling targets has revived the debate, and some waste firms have lobbied the agency asking for IBA to be counted for recycling targets.

The Environment Agency said that it had received approaches from several operators about allowing incinerator bottom ash aggregate to quality as an accredited process for issuing PRNs. A spokesperson said: “We are currently reviewing our position on this.”

Fears of a failure to meet packaging recycling obligations have grown since figures showed a drop in the amount of glass being recycled this year and glass PRN prices rose to £80 in September, almost ten times the price a year previously.

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