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More wood recycled than recorded, says WRA

Wood recyclers have joined calls from across the waste industry for Defra to increase its proposed packaging recycling targets.

Defra is consulting on potential business packaging targets across a number of materials for 2018-20, and it has suggested three options.

In response, the Aluminium Packaging Recycling Organisation (Alupro) called the targets unambitious.

Now the Wood Recyclers Association (WRA) has urged Defra to adopt option two, the most challenging of the three.

It said that, currently, some wood reprocessors were no longer operating under the packaging recovery note (PRN) scheme because the prices were so low, which meant that recycled packaging was not recorded through the formal database.

Julia Turner, WRA executive director, said she believed the industry was already recycling more packaging than was being officially recorded.

“Increasing targets would increase the overall wood packaging recycling, and would mean a higher proportion of existing wood PRNs would go towards the increased material specific target rather than towards general recycling,” she said.

“We welcome the option presented by Defra to increase the targets on a sliding scale over the three-year period.”




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