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Paperchain withdraws financial support for CRR

Paperchain, the trade association for paper producers in the UK, has pulled financial support from the Campaign for Real Recycling (CRR) following a divergence of views among its members on how best to collect household waste.

Paperchain chairman Simon Weston said: “PaperChain, a lobby group whose members comprise the leading UK paper manufacturers, has ceased to provide financial support for CRR following some divergence of views among its members about the objectives of the Campaign.”

It is unclear as to whether PaperChain is still a member of the CRR.

According to a list supplied with a press notice dated 1 July, two of Paperchain’s members, Aylesford Newsprint and Smurfit Kappa, are still visible supporters of CRR. The remaining members - SCA Recycling, St Regis (part of the DS Smith group) and UPM Kymmene – are not listed as being supporters. However, DS Smith Recycling (formerly Severnside) is a supporter. Both SCA and UPM have MRFs, which is contrary to CRR’s current judicial review application to have separate collections of recyclables.

CRR is dedicated to the cause of increasing the quality of materials collected for recycling. It recently submitted an application for a Judicial Review to the High Court, over the transposition of the revised Waste Framework Directive in the Waste (England and Wales) Regulations 2011. CRR believes the rWFD requires separate collection of paper, plastic, glass and metal by 2015 but the Government is continuing to allow commingled collections.

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