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Packaging outlook bleak

Urgent investment is needed from recycling firms or the UK will fail to hit its packaging recovery targets, according to a key figure.

Valpak chief executive Steve Gough said the figures released by the Government last week showed not enough aluminium, steel and plastic was being collected.

Those third-quarter 2004 results showed that an increase in recycling was needed for the UK to hit its first material-specific packaging targets at the end of the year.

Gough said recovery rates needed to be driven up by sustained spending on the infrastructure with funds from sales of packaging recovery notes (PRNs).

He said: If figures for quarter four follow the trend for the rest of the year, the UK may find it does not meet its targets for this year.

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