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Valpak: PRN system delivers a good performance

The Packaging Recovery Note system has done the job it has set out to do, says packaging compliance scheme Valpak marketing director Duncan Simpson.

In a response to Somerset Waste Partnership managing director Steve Reads call (see MRW story) to scrap the system and replace it with the Green Dot system, Simpson said adopting the Green Dot scheme would be expensive to consumers and would be backwards.

He added: I think people say that the Green Dot system seems to be a good system. But what they forget is that it is a system that varies from country to country.

It is a grant system that pushes out more material than the targets actually require.

The PRN system has delivered good performance over the last ten years and through the efforts of schemes, companies and individuals the PRN system has delivered high rates of recycling in the UK. It has done the job it had to do and the UK will comfortably exceed European Union requirements by the end of this year.

Simpson said the PRN system was not 100 per cent fault-free and added that Valpak was working with Government, local authorities and stakeholders to help give the system more visibility.

He said that if the Green Dot system were introduced into the UK then the costs would be passed onto consumers.

Simpson explained that over the last ten years £1 billion had been pumped back into the PRN system and it has helped to fund collection networks, fleets of vehicles, commodity material price subsidies, three colour glass separation and reprocessing facilities.

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