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Packaging data points at strong performance in Q2

Enough waste packaging wood has already been recycled to meet its annual obligation, with the other packaging materials also well positioned to meet recycling targets, the latest figures from the Environment Agency indicate.

Over 104,300 tonnes of wood were processed in the second quarter of 2014, slightly less than in the first quarter. But overall, the amount recycled in the first half of the year has already surpassed an annual obligation of around 206,200 tonnes.

Recycling increased for all other packaging materials, with glass registering a particularly good performance.

Some 151,200 tonnes of glass aggregate were processed in Q2, 42% more than in Q1, bringing the total for the first six months close to its half-year obligation.

Glass remelt also increased reaching 285,700 tonnes, which brought the total in the first six months ahead of its half-year obligation at 539,000 tonnes.

A positive performance in the paper sector lead to around 850,600 tonnes be processed in the Q2, with some 1.6 million tonnes reprocessed in the first half of the year, some 500,000 more than needed for a half year obligation of 1.1 million.

Plastics also looks well positioned to meet its annual target after a 17% quarter-on-quarter increase in recycling, which brought the total to date to almost 100,000 tonnes in excess of the material half-year obligation.

Recycling are also ahead of their half year obligations after rising by around 30% and 9%, respectively, in comparison to Q1.

Overall packaging waste recycling was up 11% in comparison to the first three months of the year.

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