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MRF obligations outlined

The Environment Agency (EA) has written to MRF operators explaining what type of facilities will fall under the obligations of the MRF Code of Practice.

The Code, which includes sampling and reporting obligations, will apply from 1 October and is intended to provide more transparency to the recycling of household waste.

The letter outlines the new obligations on MRF operators which will be introduced via environmental permits. It explains that the new rules cover facilities that receive and sort two or more of paper, glass, plastic or metals mixed together.

MRFs qualify if they receive more than 1,000 tonnes or more of mixed waste annually. MRFs handling only one type of waste, sites not equipped for sorting, “dirty” MRFs treating residual wastes, refuse derived fuel plants, WEEE facilities or sites sorting dry recyclate from construction and demolition waste, will be excluded.

Qualifying MRFs must start sampling and record the results from October this year and notify the EA by the end of December, reporting the information by the end of January 2015 on a quarterly basis.

The agency is already consulting on an annual charge of £2,240 to cover the costs of auditing MRFs in line with the obligations.

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