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New plastics protocol aims to build confidence in system

A voluntary protocol providing guidance for the accurate monitoring of plastic packaging waste for recycling has been launched.

It aims to restore confidence in the system following cases of the fraudulent issuing of Packaging Recovery Notes (PRNs) and Packaging Export Recovery Notes (PERNs). It hopes to achieve this by improving the PRN/PERN system.

Standard guidance for the accurate identification and quantification of plastic packaging waste destined for recycling, and the creation of documented audit trails that will be subject to checks — is provided.

The protocol is voluntary, but Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs minister Lord Bach, who launched it, said he hoped the packaging industry, producers and compliance schemes would “push to adopt the standards in the protocol”.

It was supported by the Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP) and developed by an industry-led Plastics Task Force for the Advisory Committee on Packaging (ACP).

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