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PRN-only compliance scheme launched

A Yorkshire-based compliance company has rolled out a sister scheme designed to buy recycling packaging notes exclusively from UK reprocessors.

Pennine-Pack Packaging has set up Ethical Compliance to offer clients an opportunity to fulfil their producer responsibilities obligations using only Packaging Recovery Notes (PRNs) instead of a traditional mixture of PRNs and Packaging Recovery Export notes (PERN).

The launch follows a trial last year, when 25% of Pennine-Pack’s clients expressed interest in joining a PRN-only compliance scheme and ten companies have joined the scheme.

Director John Mooney said the main driver was a desire to reduce the environmental impact of recycling and to support UK industry.

“PERNs have a much bigger carbon footprint because you have to ship the recyclables 8,000km to China, with about 289kg of CO2 emission per tonne of waste,” Mooney told MRW.

“Companies were also interested because [domestic reprocessors] employ people in the UK, with minimum wage and [higher] health and safety standards,” he added.

“We are the first to offer this service,” said Mooney, “we hope to have found a gap in the market and that we can make a difference.”

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