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MRF testing in Scotland to begin on 1 October

The Scottish Government has launched its MRF code of practice on sampling, setting out the requirements for operators in an attempt to drive up quality of recycled materials.

The Code of Practice on Sampling and Reporting at Materials Recovery Facilities outlines sampling regimes, including weight, frequency, reporting periods, measurement and materials to be sampled. The information is to be recorded and reported to the Scottish Environment Protection Agency.

The rules apply to MRFs dealing with at least 1,000 tonnes of mixed dry recyclable waste in a year.

The code states: “The first reporting period will start on 1 October 2015 and testing should commence from this date. In any year, there will be four reporting periods.”

Before 1 October 2016, one sample should be taken for every 160 tonnes of waste received from each supplier. After that date the frequency will be increased to every 125 tonnes.

The Scottish Government said: “It is hoped that clarity and certainty around the quality of recycled materials placed on the market will help create the confidence needed to invest in the expansion of Scotland’s reprocessing sector. This will become increasingly important as the drive toward a more efficient use of resources and more sustainable product use and design continues.”

Defra launched its MRF code for England and Wales in February 2014 in an effort to drive up the quality of recyclate and stimulate recycling markets.

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