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WRAP partners up with US recycling project

The Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP) has become a member of the Agenda 2020 Technology Alliance, a special project run by the American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA), an industry trade association. The initiative will seek to share best practices and improve quality in the recycled paper industry.

WRAP chief executive Dr. Liz Goodwin said: We all need to work together to improve the performance of Materials Recovery Facilities (MRFs) and drive up the quality of material being collected. The US has many more MRFs than the UK and is facing many of the same challenges. Joining the Agenda 2020 programme is an excellent way for us to learn from advances in the international MRF industry.

Agenda 2020 Technology Alliance executive director Ron Brown said: We are delighted to partner with WRAP. In a time when the world is focused on the best use of our global resources, we welcome the collaboration with our friends in the UK to meet our common goal of improving the recycling efforts in the MRFs. This international partnership will serve to benefit both of our nations and promote new technologies to help our global environment.

The project Agenda 2020 has the goal of making recycled fibre interchangeable with virgin fibre for product quality, functionality and availability. It hopes to achieve this by improving the quality and quantity of recovered fibre by improving the process technologies at recycling mills.

One key focus area for this group is sort systems for recovered paper. It will develop and test mechanical and sensor technologies to provide greater volume and higher recovered paper grade uniformity ensuring less contamination in recovered paper going to mills.

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