PaperChain has welcomed a recent report on collection costs and performance saying it brings balance to the debate about commingled and kerbside sort.
Commenting on the report, published by the Waste & Resources Action Programme, PaperChain chairman Martin Green said: This report should dispel some of the myths created over the last few years. It should allow local authorities to make investment decisions that support the best value for the public, while also supporting the recycling chain to make significant carbon savings in line with Government policy.
The organisation said the report showed that kerbside sort systems offer the best solution in most cases. But it admitted that single and dual stream commingled services were needed for areas not suitable for kerbside sorting.
PaperChain said that the report highlighted the need for quality control throughout the recovery process. The key to maintaining recyclate value from paper based products is to minimise the risks of cross contamination by keeping the paper and cardboard separate from other materials, it added. This will allow paper recyclers to maintain recycling efficiency and realise the full economic and carbon benefits available from paper and cardboard recycling.