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Recycling 'resolute' despite recession

Aluminium and paper packaging reprocessing figures are up by 11% and 8.4% respectively in the third quarter of this year, according to interim figures released by the Environment Agency.

The National Packaging Waste Database’s PRN/PERN figures showed that 1,809,046 tonnes of packaging was processed in Q3, which is a drop on Q2 of 7,228 tonnes, although some submissions have yet to be made.

A drop compared to Q2 production was found across steel (down 12.5%), wood (down 27.5%), plastic (down 1.6%), EfW (down 7.5%), and glass (down 0.1%).

Meanwhile, aluminium achieved the highest quarterly figure on record for the material at 20,249 tonnes processed, which is 29% more than what the industry is required to process per quarter.

There was 827,124 tonnes of paper processed, or 29.3% more than what the industry is required to process for the quarter. This figures was also the second highest quarter on record.

The Environment Exchange (t2e) senior market operator Tom Rickerby said: “Set to a backdrop of high volatility in the financial and commodities markets, the Q3 figures show recycling and export rates seem to have remained resolute.

“There is little evidence of the reported slowdown in the export markets with paper and aluminium showing good quarter-on-quarter growth. Steel, plastic and glass remain stable, with only wood showing a significant fall. The latter can be put down to growth in the biomass markets and the continued impact of the fire at the Sonae chipboard plant in Knowsley.”


Recovery and Recycling Carried Out In 2011 Quarter 3
  Waste Accepted for UK ReprocessingWaste Exported for Overseas ReprocessingTotal Waste Accepted or Exported Total PRNs/PERNs Issued
 Paper/board330,836493,538824,374 790,231
 Paper Composting2,75002,750 1,958
 Glass372,18368,827441,011 461,101
 Aluminium13,8496,40020,249 14,248
 Steel53,64140,86194,502 109,430
 Plastic49,888106,043155,931 146,117
 Wood Composting63063 0
 Wood117,2120117,212 114,769
 TOTAL RECYCLING940,422715,6691,656,092 1,637,854
 EfW153,7990153,799 114,864
 TOTAL RECOVERY153,7990153,799 114,864
 TOTAL RECOVERY (INC RECYCLING)1,094,221715,6691,809,891 1,752,718



Waste Accepted/Exported by Agreed Protocols
  Gross¹ ReceivedGross¹ ExportedGross¹ Total Net² ReceivedNet² ExportedNet²
Paper CompostingOther (Agreed with local agency office)2,75002,750 2,75002,750
Paper/board100% Packaging320,286478,480798,766 320,286478,480798,766
 Sorted Mixed Paper/Board36,04775,283111,329 4,5069,41113,917
 Unsorted Mixed Paper/Board (unusable materials removed)032,37232,372 04,0474,047
 Other (Agreed with local agency office)226,61328,425255,038 6,0441,6017,645
Glass100% Packaging372,18368,827441,011 372,18368,827441,011
Aluminium100% Packaging12,8222,58915,411 12,8222,58915,411
 Old Rolled3,13815,96619,105 4272,1712,598
 Mixed Aluminium Alloy Cuttings1,3783,2194,598 128299428
 New Pure Aluminium2130213 13013
 New Scrap of Old Aluminium Alloy4,4091714,580 39715412
 Other (Agreed with local agency office)24918,84719,097 621,3241,387
Steel100% Packaging41,6357,69649,331 41,6357,69649,331
 1+2 Mixed118,951498,609617,560 6542,7423,397
 247,4635,30452,767 52258580
 Fragmentised116,781528,643645,424 5,48924,84630,335
 4C12,52340,61453,136 1,3274,3055,632
 4E7,18707,187 3590359
 8B84211,44812,290 891,2141,303
 Other (Agreed with local agency office)5,09205,092 3,56503,565
Plastic100% Packaging49,314106,043155,358 49,314106,043155,358
 Other (Agreed with local agency office)2,431732,504 5740574
Wood100% Packaging51,719051,719 51,719051,719
 Other (Agreed with local agency office)117,7320117,732 65,493065,493
Wood Composting100% Packaging63063 63063
EfW100% Packaging18018 18018
 Municipal Waste664,8840664,884 126,3280126,328
 Clinical Waste4,03204,032 2420242
 Other (Agreed with local agency office)52,759052,759 27,211027,211
Total Paper 2,273,5141,922,6094,196,126 1,094,220715,6681,809,893
  2,273,5141,922,6094,196,126 1,094,220715,6681,809,893
 ¹ figures in the Gross columns represent the tonnages of total waste received by UK reprocessors or exporters including the packaging waste element.
 ² figures in the Net columns represent the tonnage of total packaging waste received by UK reprocessors or exporters based on the appropriate protocol, where applicable.


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