The quality of aluminium and steel could be significantly affected when the End of Waste Criteria (EoWC) come into force next month.
EoWC aim to reduce the regulatory burden on waste materials by changing the point at which they are no longer deemed as ‘waste’.
Speaking at a panel session debate during the RWM show about whether material quality matters, Alupro executive director Rick Hindley urged the Government to put a system in place to ensure the criteria are met so that the quality is not lost.
He explained: “The point at which aluminium and steel scrap becomes waste has potentially moved up the chain to the point at which it is baled. So it could be a MRF or scrap metal dealer [that complies with the EoWC].
“While the philosophy is right, in that, once fed into a furnace it is a secondary raw material, the actual implications it sends are something we’re not happy about. It all relates to at what point something is recycled. I would suggest that melting something and producing an ingot is recycling but baling it into a block is not.”
Hindley claimed he has not yet seen any evidence of preparations to regulate the EoWC. He believes a dedicated team of people needs to be set up for this purpose.