A row has broken out over attempts to improve public information about the end destinations of recovered materials.
It was reportedly slated as an unnecessary burden by both independent merchants body the Recycling Association and the Environmental Services Association, which represents waste firms.
But Resource Association chief executive Ray Georgeson has hit back.
“The End Destinations of Recycling Charter makes it explicitly clear that our interest is in having transparency of end destination for reprocessing, whether this is in the UK or abroad,” he said.
“It is not focused on export destinations. The Recycling Association is therefore wrong to represent our position as an anti-export movement.”
Georgeson added that research had shown the public was keen for more information on where its recyclates ended up. This was disputed by the Recycling Association and the ESA.
Authorities and contractors signing up to the charter commit to publishing a register of end destinations of recyclates annually.