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New Recycling Credit Scheme guidance welcomed

New Guidance on the Recycling Credit Scheme has been published by the Government this month.

It covers changes to the Recycling Credit Scheme – an early initiative to incentivise the recycling of household waste by local authorities and third parties. The scheme’s purpose is to make the savings to local authorities in disposal and collection costs available to the recyclers who divert the waste from landfill.

Changes include the recognition of re-use networks and charities, now operating under the scheme.

The Furniture Re-use Network (FRN) welcomed the new recognition and support for its sector, and can now look forward to a financial incentive for items it has been diverting from disposal for years.

FRN development manager Craig Anderson said: “Quite a few local authorities have historically supported our members by paying a recycling credit for their activity of avoiding disposal, but this has been limited to a few beacon councils. Now, finally more of our members will be recognised for their contribution to reducing waste. The FRN will now be actively monitoring how local authorities across the country are implementing the revised scheme.”

Increased flexibility has also been introduced for waste collection and disposal authorities – who can now mutually agree not to make inter-authority credit payments.

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