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2016 packaging targets met

All packaging recycling targets were met in 2016, according to the latest Environment Agency (EA) data, with a 6.8% year-on-year increase recorded.

Provisional end-of-year figures show aluminium tonnage rose from 76,027 to 90,053, a 19.4% increase.

Steel and plastic showed similarly significant increases of 14.2% and 13.7%, respectively.

Packaging sent to energy from waste rose by 61% to 766,920 tonnes.

‘Glass other’ was the only material to record a decrease in recycled tonnage in the year, from 501,152 to 429,980.

360 Environmental director Phil Conran said all 2016 targets were met, and there could be up to 70,000 tonnes of excess plastic to take into 2017 obligations.

In a statement on his company’s website, he said about 35,000 tonnes of steel could also be carried forward.

“We won’t get the final verified data for at least another month and will have to wait until 22 April to get the first quarter’s data for 2017,” he said.

“But if these figures reflect the final position, then it looks like we are in a strong position to meet the likely 2017 targets.”

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