Latest WRAP data shows an increasing amount of material is being sent to MRFs in England, but that a record percentage of it is not recyclable.
The figures for the first quarter of 2018, covering the first three months of the year, revealed that 9.6% of material sent to MRFs was non-recyclable. A further 5.5% was recyclable but ‘non-target’ material.
This means the overall level of target material is at an all-time low of 84.9%. Output quality of material for most materials rose slightly.
MRF reporting began in late 2014 as an attempt to increase the flow of quality recyclate.
Wales recorded a small decrease in the percentage of non-recyclable material.
The total tonnage of material sent to English MRFs in Q1 2018 was 884,711 tonnes, an increase of 7.4% over the previous quarter.
The data was based on reports from 89 facilities.