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Mixed performance for packaging recycling

Glass recycling targets are unlikely to be met, the industry says, but for other materials the outlook is not as bleak, the Environment Agency’s Q3 packaging data suggests.

Question marks persist over steel as Q3 figures are similar to the previous quarter, following a drop in the amount of scrap metal being recycled. This means the category still needs a big finish in the final quarter to ensure meeting its target.

Wood recycling fell off from the last quarter and continues to be down from last year. Although it has already exceeded its annual target of 22%, the material contributes to the overall recycling target, so any downward movement threatens reaching this goal.

Plastic recycling has surged and is on track for this year, although current levels of recycling will have to keep increasing to meet next year’s targets. Aluminium has had its strongest quarter of the year and is also ahead of target.

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