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PRNs for glass from incinerator bottom ash to cease

The Environment Agency (EA) has decided that from the end of this year packaging waste glass that comes out of incinerators will no longer be eligible for Packaging (Waste) Recovery Notes (PRNs).

With immediate effect, only the three reprocessors accredited to issue such PRNs this year will be allowed to do so, until the end of the year. And there will be no further accreditation of anyone using such material.

Following industry representation that the packaging waste glass within Incinerator Bottom Ash (IBA) be recognised for PRNs, the EA has done so since 2004. But it decided to re-examine the situation earlier this year, deciding that it did not really constitute recycling of glass packaging.

According to EA waste producer responsibility manager Jeff Cooper the move is not expected to have a dramatic effect, as over the last few years about 25,000 - 30,000 tonnes of glass incorporated into IBA received PRNs, a relatively small proportion of the roughly million tonnes of glass currently reprocessed in the UK.

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