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Mixed paper PRNs almost doubled

Recovered paper

The Environment Agency (EA) has announced that the mixed paper packaging recovery note (PRN) protocol will almost double following industry analysis.

For 2016, 23% packaging content can be claimed on mixed paper, up from a 12.5% rate set in the scheme’s early days.

The EA told waste operators to carry on using the 12.5% protocols on the National Packaging Waste Database (NPWD) until 21 April, but said it would automatically update any recorded since 1 January when the higher percentage comes in on 22 April.

As previously reported by MRW, Defra and the EA agreed the increase following analysis from data collected from MRFs last year.

Advisory Committee on Packaging chair Phil Conran said at the time that the change could help the UK to reach its packaging recycling targets, and may lead to another 100,000 tonnes of paper evidence being available this year.

“It will certainly help to bridge the gap between recycling and recovery PRNs. The downside is that it will keep paper PRNs at a very low level, but there should be less risk of us not meeting the overall recycling target,” he said.

Conran added that some “proper compositional analysis” would be undertaken later this year because the industry believes that an even higher rate of packaging is present than 23%.

  • Meanwhile the EA also announced it would send packaging notices only by email in future, not by post.

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