The long-awaited consultation on a MRF code of practice for England and Wales will be launched this week, MRW understands.
Industry insiders said Defra’s proposed code and accompanying quality action plan (QAP) would be released at a launch event on Friday.
The consultation had originally been due last August after months of discussions between interested parties, with opposing groups reluctant to cede ground.
While recyclers and reprocessors want tighter regulation of quality standards, MRF operators and waste management firms take a more market-led approach, focusing on maximum recycling and market transparency.
In October, Defra’s director of waste policy Colin Church said the recommended code would not contain any rules on acceptable levels of material contamination.
A senior industry source told MRW he expects the published code to be similar in content to that published by the Scottish Government last October. The consultation on the Scottish recyclate quality action plan and MRF code closed on 28 December.
Reproccessors claim poor quality recyclate costs the industry up to £51m a year. The industry body, the Resource Association, is calling for monitoring and inspections of MRF outputs as part of the code.
A Defra spokesman said the department was unable to give a date for the consultation launch.