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IBA aluminium to count towards recovery targets

The Aluminium Packaging Recycling Organisation (Alupro) has developed a new protocol for aluminium packaging recovered from incinerator bottom ash (IBA).

Under the arrangement, which has been acknowledged by the Environment Agency (EA), PRNs will be issued for IBA in a move that Alupro claims could see as much as 10,000 tonnes of recovered aluminium being counted towards its 2020 recycling target of 70%.

The new IBA protocol recognises that a minimum of 50% of the non-ferrous content of IBA is aluminium packaging such as drinks cans, foil and aerosols.

It follows an “extensive and detailed” national study by Alupro with firms that already process IBA and in consultation with the EA.

Rick Hindley, executive director, said: “The establishment of this protocol is excellent news as it will now mean that this recovered aluminium packaging can count towards national recycling targets.

“We would always prioritise the collection of household aluminium through clean collection systems to ensure maximum value of the material is achieved, but with the growth of energy from waste plants set to increase between now and 2020 it is important that the aluminium content of IBA is counted towards national recycling targets.”

The new protocol will come into effect in January 2015.

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