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British Plastics Federation backs PRN review

A review of the packaging recovery note (PRN) system by the Environment Audit Committee (EAC) is being backed by the British Plastics Federation (BPF) .

Chairman of the BPF Recycling Group, Roger Baynham, has welcomed the idea of an independent body to review packaging data to ensure the system is transparent and develop clear proposals to tackle any identified errors.

His statement also said he was pleased by the announcement that the EAC had asked the National Audit Office to assess the PRN scheme’s performance against its objectives, and to consider whether there is a sufficiently robust approach to preventing fraud and non-compliance.

To help reduce PRN fraud, the BPF launched a platform allowing the industry to report waste crime anonymously to the Environment Agency.

The group has previously raised concerns over the current system and called for reform.

”The current system encouraged waste to be exported because any contaminated material is still counted within recycling figures. Whereas, if recycled domestically, contaminated material must be removed prior to reporting,” Baynham said.

He welcomed the suggestion from Eunomia that what qualifies as ’recycled material’ should reconcile with the output of the recycling process, not at the front end.

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