Provisional packaging data for the third quarter of this year painted a positive picture for all packaging materials, with paper having already surpassed its net obligation for 2013 and steel and aluminium not far off.
Latest Environment Agency figures indicate the amount of recovered paper accepted or exported in the first nine months of the year has surpassed 2.5 million tonnes, positioning the material some 100,000 tonnes ahead of its net obligation for 2013.
Despite a small quarter-on-quarter decrease, figures for steel indicate the material is just some 12,000 tonnes away from reaching its net obligation of around 316,000 tonnes.
Similarly, aluminium would require only some additional 6,000 tonnes to reach an around 63,000 tonnes net obligation.
The performance of plastics, whose targets have been often referred to as too ambitious, indicate the materials could reach the 37% target for 2013. An 18% increase in Q3 over Q2 put the material some 135,000 tonnes away. The remaining amount is below the quarterly average tonnage of plastics that has been accepted for reprocessing or exported - 173,000 tonnes.
Glass aggregate was the worst performer in the nine months to October and still has some 200,000 tonnes to go to meet the net obligation. However, the positive performance of glass remelt, whose amount increased slightly in the third quarter, indicates that together the materials could still met the combined 81% target.