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Monthly packaging data to be published

Corrugated packaging boxes

Regulatory agencies in the UK will start monthly reporting of packaging data in a bid to improve transparency.

Regulatory bodies such as the Environment Agency (EA) currently have a statutory requirement to publish quarter figures from the National Packaging Waste Database.

But now the EA has agreed to an Advisory Committee on Packaging (ACP) initiative to increase the frequency of reports to improve transparency.

While there is no legal requirement for all UK agencies to publish data more regularly, they have supported the proposal and agreed to trial the initiative.

The first report covering January will be released on 10 February, which ACP chair Phil Conran said would give companies a chance to upload their data.

Phil Conran Jan 2015

400 Phil Conran Jan 2015

Conran, pictured, said he hoped the initiative could highlight struggles for PRN availability, such as aluminium and steel, where problems were not clear until after the second and third quarters last year respectively.

“At the moment, you get a lot of PRN trading in a vacuum of information based on perception,” he said.

“This hopefully will better show how we are progressing towards meeting targets, and give a better indication to the market as to where the pressures are going to be.”

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