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Reprocessors urge quality focus in collections debate

A senior figure has called on the recycling industry to move beyond the “co-mingled versus kerbside sort” debate and focus on quality standards.

Ray Georgeson, chief executive of the Resource Association, which represents reprocessors, was responding to Defra’s proposed amendments to the Waste Regulations 2011.

Defra last week began a consultation on the changes, which come in response to a judicial review, brought by the Campaign for Real Recycling, of the government’s transposition of the EU revised Waste Framework Directive.

Georgeson said the association welcomed the proposals’ focus on prioritising quality.

He said: “We therefore place the utmost importance on the work the governments will now do to establish an action plan on quality and to encourage the ESA to drive forward work on the MRF Code of Practice.

“Effective collaboration of the whole supply chain will be the key to successful establishment of quality standards.”

The Association called for a “consensus based” approach as well as a “fresh focus on agreeing standards, maintaining consistency and transparency in the delivery of materials to a standard”.

The Defra consultation closes on 12 April.

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