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Scottish MRF code of practice launched

The Scottish MRF Code of Practice is underway, with the first reporting period running from 1 October to 31 December.

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (Sepa) requires reports every three months, with data for the first period due by 31 January 2016.

Unlike England and Wales, where WRAP manages data on behalf of Natural Resources Wales and the Environment Agency (EA), Sepa will manage the Scottish data directly. Two sets of sampling reports have already been released by WRAP.

Scottish operators will be required to use a higher minimum overall sample size of 60kg, compared to 55kg in England and Wales.

Rejected loads and their destinations will need to be recorded in the Scottish code, unlike the English and Welsh version, as well as destinations for each material output stream, including the material’s use.

Sepa told MRW it was taking extra measures to ensure all MRF operators complied with its new code of practice guidance, following concerns about a lack of compliance south of the border. The latest data for England and Wales showed a slight fall in the number of English facilities reporting.

The EA also said it was looking to increase participation in the sampling reporting requirements of Schedule 9a of the Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2014.

The Environmental Services Association and Chartered Institution of Wastes Management will be asked to help reach the widest possible audience in the industry and raise awareness of the requirements.

Ray Georgeson, chief executive of the Resource Association, welcomed the Scottish code

“While much of the provision is very similar to that in force in England and Wales, we are pleased to note the commitments made by the Scottish Government and Sepa to improved levels of transparency around the end destination of recyclate and hope to see more detail soon.

“We also note that Sepa have indicated a commitment to a rapid acceleration of compliance by Scottish MRFs in relation to data provision and hopefully we won’t see a repeat of the sluggish start towards full compliance that we have seen in the implementation of the regulations in England.”

Guidance for MRF operators in Scotland to help them conform to the code was launched at the 2015 RWM.

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