Speaking to MRW, Donarbon waste promotions manager Mark Shelton said: There was a short period where we were composting cardboard but all that has stopped now (see MRW story). We have been pleasantly surprised. Markets have picked up since Christmas, which was a bit of a surprise, especially for plastics.
We are being approached by a lot of plastic reprocessing companies.
All industry needs to have raw materials at some stage. It may be that some industry thought that 2009 was going to be bad year so initially cut back on material in take. But now they have realised they still need material and the market is not as bad as newspaper reports have made it out to be.
MRW reported that the Local Government Association rubbished Daily Mail claims that mountains of paper were being stored in warehouses. But Donarbon is not stockpiling its material and has not asked any of its councils that it has contracts with to pay extra costs.
Shelton said that prices were still down on what they were receiving last year for their materials but he said Donarbon had no problem shifting cardboard, paper, mixed can and bottles and glass were onto reprocessors for recycling.