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EA tells Alupro that 2004 targets were not missed

Aluminium targets were not missed last year, the Environment Agency has told the aluminium packaging industry body Alupro.

Despite reports that suggested that a shortage of Packaging Recovery Notes (PRNs) had meant targets had not been met, this was not the case.

Alupro chief executive Paul Martin said: "It has taken a while to establish with our reprocessor members and the Environment Agency the reasons for the lower-than-expected 2004 figures. But it is now clear that forward contracts, and the export of co-mingled collection tonnage, had an impact on the number of PRNs and Packaging Export Recovery Notes issued last year."

He added that Alupro has asked the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs to take steps to tighten the regulatory framework in which the UK's market-driven system operates, and to ensure that data is published in a way which does not require further interpretation.

Final figures show that 34,905 PRN tonnes were available to meet an obligation of 34,371 tonnes.

But 1,121 tonnes had been contracted for 2005, leaving a shortfall of 587 tonnes for 2004 obligation.

Alupro believes that the effect of high PRN prices at the end of 2004 has carried on into this year, with some indication that both buyers and sellers are holding back from commitment.

However, Martin said: "Having discussed the situation with both UK reprocessor and exporter members, there is every reason to think that there will be sufficient PRNs to meet 2005 targets."

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