PaperChain has issued an official stance on the Campaign for Real Recycling’s intention to seek a judicial review, stating that it has “no current desire” to question the legislation.
The announcement, which follows MRW’s story that at least two PaperChain members disapproved of the threat of legal challenge, added that “we respect our fellow CRR Members decision to take this matter forward”.
The statement said: “Providers of commingled collections highlight the merits of their systems for extracting valuable materials from the waste stream for subsequent recycling, in this respect they should have no fear of a judicial review in this area.
“PaperChain supports clarification of the definition of “commingled” collection to bring certainty to the market. There is no clear definition given in either European or UK legislation and PaperChain feels that a clear definition now will alleviate the potential for legal challenges at a local level under the “Localism” and “Big Society” agendas.”
PaperChain chairman Simon Weston said: “Everyone in the resource efficiency chain should welcome clarity on what “commingled” actually means in legal terms to avoid difficulties in years to come. PaperChain accepts that currently some MRFs in the UK separating dry, mixed recyclate collections produce recovered paper fit for efficient reprocessing into new paper products, both in the UK and overseas.
“PaperChain’s continuing support for the Campaign for Real Recycling is a matter yet to be discussed and agreed upon by its Members. Maintaining the highest quality of raw materials is inextricably linked to the competitive position of PaperChain’s UK manufacturing members, and is thus crucially important in preserving British jobs.”