Government proposed increases for packaging targets have raised fears in the paper industry of further development in poor collection techniques, according to the Confederation of Paper Industries (CPI). It said that carbon gains achieved by increasing non-paper recycling were likely to be offset by quality degradation of paper caused by collections such as commingled.
The CPI added the proposals would do little to boost paper recycling as the industry was already beating the proposed increases for 2010. It said paper industry rates of 80% recycling were: A reflection of the ravenous demand which exists for this valuable resource, rather than Government-set targets. Furthermore, the industrys actual recycling rate is likely to be significantly higher than that declared within the packaging waste regulatory framework, producing greater carbon savings than known to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra).
This situation has prompted the CPI to question why Defra keeps paper within the packaging waste regulatory framework. It added: Although there may be a requirement for more PRNs and PERNs from the increased general recovery targets, this will have a limited impact on value and will not provide certainty for investment in further UK paper recycling infrastructure.