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Review of 2015 – October

The industry welcomed changes to paper PRNs which simplified the registration process.

2015 10 10 mrw

2015 10 10 mrw

The Recycling Association and the Confederation of Paper Industries had been pushing for the process to be simplified because many businesses were no longer taking part in the scheme.

Exports of recovered paper from Europe to China increased during the year despite the country’s economic slowdown, according to the Bureau of International Recycling.

SSI UK entered liquidation, days after announcing that its Redcar site would be mothballed. Meanwhile, Tata Steel’s Long Products Europe division confirmed an end to production of steel plate and the loss of 900 jobs at Scunthorpe and 270 in Dalzell and Clydebridge in Scotland. It blamed cheap imports, particularly from China, a strong pound and high electricity costs.

Business minster Anna Soubry backed calls for metal recyclers to be given additional support as the wider industry struggled with thousands of jobs lost at UK steel plants.

MRW revealed exclusively that the Commission’s revised CE package, due in December, could include extended producer responsibility, country-specific recycling targets and a common food waste indicator.

But industry figures expressed concern at the approach being taken by the Commission, including fears of a lack of clear legislation and drivers for raw secondary materials markets.

Lochhead announced plans to introduce a formal food waste reduction target for Scotland, claimed to be the first in Europe.

Freefalling ferrous scrap prices prompted a fresh call for Whitehall to remove VAT from some categories of secondary raw materials.

The law requiring larger retailers to charge 5p for single-use plastic carrier bags came into force in England.

The Packaging and Films Association announced a merger with the packaging division of the British Plastics Federation in what was hailed as a “powerful new forum and single voice for the industry”.

“It took five minutes to register this year; in the previous year it took two days”

Simon Ellin, RA chief executive, on the new paper PRN registration system

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