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Slight boost in MRF sampling registration

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The latest data on the MRF sampling scheme for operators in England and Wales has shown a slight increase in the number of English facilities reporting, as input contamination remains stable.

Some 90 MRFs in England notified the Environment Agency (EA) for the Q4 2015 period, four more than for the previous quarter, in the latest data released by WRAP.

All 90 registered MRFs submitted their sampling data for the latest period, while two failed to do so in the previous quarter.

Meanwhile in Wales, for the first time, all 11 MRFs that registered submitted data.

The average percentage of target material received by responding MRFs in Q4 was similar to the previous quarter for both countries, with 86.0% for England and 88.4% for Wales compared with 86.1% and 88.0%, respectively, last time around.

The number of notifications is still fewer than half the 200 facilities that Whitehall officials originally expected to qualify for the regime in England, previously revealed by MRW.

However, WRAP said in its previous data release that the majority of 120 sites the EA thought had failed to registered did not in fact reach the threshold for notification – receiving less than 1,000 tonnes of material per quarter.

The total weight of material entering English MRFs in Q4 was 886,511 tonnes, which is 69,000 tonnes higher than the previous quarter. Meanwhile the figure for Welsh facilities was the highest reported yet at 83,410 tonnes.

“Facilities have been sampling and reporting for 15 months. The regulators are continuing their annual programme of announced and unannounced visits to each site,” the charity said.

“The visits enable the regulator to advise operators on the statutory sampling and reporting requirements and assess compliance with them, as well as provide advice on best practice as set out in the WRAP guidance.”

Data for January to March 2016 is expected in August.

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