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Revised mixed paper PRN ‘agreed’

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Defra and the Environment Agency (EA) have agreed to almost double the mixed paper packaging recovery note (PRN) protocol, according to the Advisory Committee on Packaging (ACP).

Based on compositional analyses carried out in the 1990s, the mixed paper PRN has been set at 12.5% since early the early days of the scheme.

But following analysis from data collected from MRFs last year, Defra and the EA have agreed to raise the figure to 23% this year.

ACP chair Phil Conran told MRW the change would be published shortly and could help the UK reach its packaging recycling targets.

He said it would have a “significant impact” and could 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 the proposed 23%.

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