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Further decline in England MRF tonnage

The tonnage of materials received by MRFs in England has fallen for the third quarter in succession, a trend not reflected in Wales.

The quarterly data is included in the 12th report from WRAP since MRFs processing more than 1,000 tonnes a year of mixed waste were required to report how much glass, paper metal and plastics (target materials) had been received.

The report, which covers Q3 2017, also shows how much of the received material is recyclable but ‘non-target’ and that which is not recyclable.

But the average percentage of target material received by MRFs was 85.5% for England and 87.8% for Wales. The England figure was the same as the quarter before while Wales was down 0.4 percentage points.

The total amount received by MRFs in England was 811,085 tonnes, whereas the previous totals were 824,697 tonnes (Q2), 855,900 tonnes (Q1) and 884,406 tonnes (Q4 2016) (see chart above).

Only the very first report (Q4 2014) was lower at 789,395 tonnes, presumably because the new system was bedding in and there was less than full reporting.

Wales has only a dozen MRFs and England 88, so comparisons are not straightforward. But the quarterly Welsh totals are relatively flat (see chart below).

mrf tonnage changes wales q3 2107.jpg

mrf tonnage changes wales q3 2107.jpg

Data covers only MRFs in England and Wales. The regulations require MRFs to provide details of the mixed waste tonnage received from each supplier and the output tonnage of the target streams.

They are also required to sample input and output material for average percentages of target, non-target and non-recyclable material (such as nappies).

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