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Nationwide Recycling able to issue PRNs following reaccreditation

Glass recycler Nationwide Recycling has confirmed to MRW that it has had its packaging recovery note accreditation returned, following its suspension on 14 December.

According to documents on the National Packaging Waste Database, the company’s reaccreditation was granted on 10 February. It then went live on 18 February, allowing Nationwide to issue PRNs and trade as normal.

Following an investigation in January MRW understands Nationwide’s ability to issue PRNs was suspended after three people were arrested as a result of suspected “large scale fraud offences, illegal waste activities and money laundering at the site”.

Although Nationwide’s accreditation has now been returned, it is not yet known whether action surrounding these suspicions has been dropped.

A spokesperson for the company said: “We should have the paperwork explaining the situation from the EA soon.”

The company has been reaccredited as a large reprocessor, meaning it can issue more than 400 tonnes of PRNs.

An EA spokesperson said: “We can confirm that we have accredited Nationwide Recycling for 2011. We can also confirm that we are continuing to investigate alleged offences at a glass recycling plant in Wales.”

Around 30 officers from the EA and South Wales Police raided Nationwide’s plant in Llandarcy, near Swansea on 15 December, following a year-long investigation by the EA.

Two men aged 44 and 45, and a woman aged 47 were arrested and questioned at Swansea Central Police station by EA officers. At the time, they were released on police bail to appear at a later date for further questioning.

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