An advice forum to help local authorities manage lower prices and weaker demand for recyclable materials has been launched.
The Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP) will offer advice based on research into price movements and supply and demand across the industry. With this insight WRAP aims to act as a unique information broker between local authorities with specific issues, and share this knowledge via its website.
Information coming from local authorities shows that commodity prices are under pressure, but WRAPs online market knowledge portal and tailor-made advice forum will be working to help local authorities through the downturn.
WRAP chief executive Liz Goodwin said: In these uncertain markets with low demand for some recycled products, the message to householders is clear: there are markets for most materials and we should continue to recycle.
Many local authorities have told us that they are continuing to find markets for recovered materials, particularly high quality materials such as plastic bottles and glass. The vast majority of materials that are being put out for recycling are still being recycled.
The research found that demand for some lower quality recycled materials, such as those which are mixed with other materials like plastic trays, tubs, pots and film, has dropped. But it also found that there is still capacity and demand for other high quality recyclables such as plastic bottles and glass.
Goodwin said: More than two-thirds of the population consider themselves committed recyclers, so it is imperative that we do not lose this momentum.