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Guidance for Scottish MRFs launched ahead of new testing regime

Guidance for MRF operators to help them conform to upcoming legislation in Scotland has been launched at RWM.

The document, Materials Recovery Facilities Testing and Reporting Guidance, has been developed jointly by Zero Waste Scotland (ZWS) and the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (Sepa).

It is aimed at MRF licence or permit holders ahead of the introduction of a standardised sampling and testing regime, which is part of Scotland’s new Code of Practice.

The code is intended to help drive up the quality of materials entering the market. It applies to facilities that expect to receive 1,000 tonnes or more a year of mixed dry recyclable materials (comprising two or more materials) or separately collected dry recyclable waste for sorting.

Launching the guide at RWM, ZWS chief executive Iain Gulland said: “While the code is a change for local authorities, we are is providing support via the new guidance we are launching here at RWM, which outlines clearly the responsibilities of MRF operators under the legislation. We have also provided financial support to enable the purchase of essential new equipment.”

Gary Walker, Sepa principal policy officer, said: “By working with ZWS to produce this guidance, we have ensured that the new code provides MRF operators with a clear understanding of what they can do to remain compliant.

“The guidance also complements the data return forms which have been developed and will be made available for operators in late September.”

Walker said the data would help Sepa understand the issues that MRF operators face with contamination and the role of the supply chain in managing quality.

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