Alupro has called on aluminium can collectors to stop stockpiling the material amid concerns it could affect 2009 recycling targets.
As a result of the global economic slowdown, recycling targets in 2009 are going to be tough to hit anyway, Alupro executive director Rick Hindley said.
Such stockpiling disrupts the generation of Packaging Recovery Notes (PRNs), and material that has not been PRNd does not count towards targets.
Lower prices for all recyclates have caused collectors and material separators across the UK to stockpile material in hope of a price recovery. Steel can values have dropped to zero in recent months, while aluminium can values fell from £900 a tonne to £450 within a month. This had led to a reduction in the movement of mixed material can collections through the market.
"Waste management companies and some local authorities, which had previously bought and separated mixed material are now not buying Hindley said. However, he said that the lower aluminium price is still ample to pay for separation and transportation costs.
Hindley said: The industry is keen to see recycling deliveries continue at normal levels, and would urge local authorities to support their recyclers by ensuring that collected aluminium cans and foil continue to be sorted and sold for recycling.
Recycling aluminium saves so much energy that it is one of the best things an individual can do to help the environment.