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WRAP highlights successes and failures in its Achievements Report

At its Open Meeting in central London last week, the Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP) launched its Achievements Report 2005/06 and stated that its has met two-thirds of its targets for the period.

It stated that this meant that 4.6 million tonnes of material had been diverted from landfill representing 88% of the total tonnage set as targets in its Business Plan.

WRAP chief executive Jennie Price said: The top line figures are encouraging. 4.6m tonnes of waste have been diverted from landfill and there are 5m more people regarded as committed recyclers.

In addition there are 10 to 15m tonnes of CO2 equivalent savings through UK recycling activity. There has also been an 8% increase in recycling in two years.

Out of its 33 targets, WRAP exceeded its requirements in 13 of them, and achieved seven. Eight targets were partially achieved and five were not achieved at all.

The five failed targets included only 12 out of 100 performance reviews being conducted and no directly attributable increase in the use of recycled aggregates in higher value applications despite a 10% targets.

It also failed to meet all its targets for paper recycling. WRAP had a target of investment in reprocessing capacity for printing and writing paper plus increased demand in tonnes of 150,000 but only managed 33,576. It also had a target of growth in the use of recycled fibre in tissue products in tonnes of 40,000 but there was no growth. It also wanted to increase the growth in applications using paper sludge by 19,000 tonnes, but again no growth was recorded.

Price added: The first point to make is that not all targets are equal. But paper is a serious issue. When we put a grant into the industry like we want to, we have to make sure that it doesnt place a distortion into the market. As far as we are aware, there have been no objections at the European Union into us providing grants to fund a new mill and so we await a positive outcome from that.

Our target on tissue was not met because of rising energy costs. Virgin material was coming in at a lower cost than recycled material. While our trial project with paper sludge was disappointing because the machine brought in from Canada did not work. It shows technology brought in from abroad needs full testing before being invested in.

The full report can be found at www.wrap.org.uk

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