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Latest News Roundup (Packaging Waste Regulations)

July to October 2018

1. Resources and Waste Strategy.

2. ACP favors more centralized PRN system.

3. Malaysia and Vietnam introduce import restrictions.

4. Chinese Mill groups consider Paper production in the UK.

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Packaging Scheme Forum (PSF) launched by UK compliance sector.

September 2018

Recycle-Pak is pleased to announce that it is a member of the recently formed Packaging Scheme Forum (PSF).

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Provisional Q2 packaging recycling data published.

July 2018

The provisional second quarter packaging recycling data has been published by the Environment Agency and shows an improvement in almost all materials in comparison to the corresponding first quarter figures.

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PRN Market Update.

July 2018

PRN prices have risen to levels not seen for some 20 years as a number of factors have combined to force costs up. Never before has there been pressure on all the materials at the same time as one problem in the paper sector has resulted in a knock on effect in other materials such as in glass, steel and more importantly in the UK’s general recycling requirement. This combined with issues in the aluminium market and a shortfall in the wood sector has combined to produce almost the perfect storm with regard to costs.

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Provisional Q1 packaging recycling data published.

April 2018

The provisional first quarter packaging recycling data has been published by the Environment Agency and overall shows a slow start to 2018, with a reduction in the amount of packaging accepted or exported in the first quarter for most materials compared the corresponding figures in 2017.

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Q4 packaging recycling data published.

March 2018

The provisional packaging waste recycling data for the final quarter of 2017 has been released by the Environment Agency and the data shows the UK market has met its obligations for the year. Compliance schemes in particular were pleased as good carry tonnages point to a fall in the pressure on PRN prices; there is hope within the industry that this will help ensure prices will remain relatively stable for the first part of 2018.

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Blue Sky 2018 launched by China’s Custom Authority.

March 2018

China’s Customs Authority announced the introduction of the new ‘Blue Sky 2018’ campaign

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Wood recycling targets cut by half.

March 2018

Targets for wood recycling have been reduced by more than half under the latest set of proposed European Union targets.

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China introduce import ban for post-consumer plastic.

January 2018

The introduction by China of an import ban for post-consumer plastics has resulted in the growth of alternative plastic import markets.

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Provisional Q3 packaging recycling data published.

October 2017

The provisional Q3 packaging recycling data has been released on the National Packaging Waste Database (NPWD) showing strong results and suggests that the annual recycling targets for all materials are on course to be met for 2017.

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Provisional Q2 packaging data has been published and shows strong performance across all materials.

August 2017

Provisional Q2 packaging data has been published on the National Packaging Waste Database (NPWD) and shows that all materials,other than glass aggregates,look on track to meet their overall packaging recycling obligation.

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Export of mixed paper and plastic film to China under pressure.

June 2017

A clampdown on the quality of imports by Chinese’s custom authorities has placed pressure on the export of post-consumer film and recovered paper to China.

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Q1 packaging data published and shows promising start to 2017.

May 2017

The first quarter packaging recycling data has been published by the Environment Agency and overall shows a very promising start to 2017, with increases in wood, steel and plastic recycling compared the corresponding figures in 2016.

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Latest News Roundup (Packaging Waste Regulations)

March to May 2017

1. EU environmental laws will apply post-Brexit.

2. PRN revenue topped £50 million in 2016.

3. Poor material quality is biggest threat to UK recycling.

4. National Sword Campaign

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Q4 packaging recycling data published.

March 2017

The provisional packaging waste recycling data for the final quarter of 2016 has been released by the Environment Agency and the data shows the UK market has met its obligations for the year. Compliance schemes in particular were pleased as good carry tonnages point to a fall in the pressure on PRN prices; this in turn will ensure prices will remain relatively stable for the first part of 2017.

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Government announce higher packaging targets to 2020.

March 2017

As part of his first spring budget, Chancellor of the Exchequer Phil Hammond announced that the new packaging recycling targets for 2018 through to 2020. This follows on from a consultation paper that was published by the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) on 29th November 2016 that outlined proposed recycling targets for paper, steel aluminium and wood packaging targets through to 2020.

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Consultation on changes to packaging recycling business targets for paper, steel, aluminium, wood and overall recovery and recycling for 2018-2020.

December 2016

On 29th November 2016, a consultation paper was published by the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) outlining proposed recycling targets for paper, steel aluminium and wood packaging targets through to 2020 under the Producer Responsibility Obligations (Packaging Waste) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2007 and the corresponding Regulations in Great Britain.

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Provisional Q3 packaging recycling data published.

October 2016

The provisional Q3 packaging recycling data has been released on the National Packaging Waste Database (NPWD) showing strong results and suggests that the annual recycling targets for all materials are on course to be met for 2016.

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Provisional Q2 packaging data has been published and shows strong performance across all materials.

August 2016

Provisional Q2 packaging data has been published on the National Packaging Waste Database (NPWD) and shows that all materials,other than glass aggregates,look on track to meet their overall packaging recycling obligation.

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Updated Q1 figures ease glass packaging concerns.

May 2016

Fears of a shortfall in glass packaging recycling in 2016 has been alleviated, following the publication of the revisedquarter one figures at the end of April. The data for the first quarter has now included an additional 30,000 tonnes of glass packaging recycled, this latest data boosts that material percentage to around 25% of the overall glass obligation from the previous level of just 22%, this is good news as glass is now more of less on course to meet the end of year target.

In summary, 377,044 tonnes of glass packaging was actually recycled across the first quarter, over 30,000 tonnes more than was previously thought.

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Plastics exports a concern for the UK.

April 2016

There is some good news for reprocessors and producers alike as plastic scrap prices have recovered in the face of renewed demand for material from overseas markets including the UK’s biggest market ‘China’. Some traders however have warned that major obstacles could be on the horizon which could have serious implications onplastic waste demand.

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Promising start to 2016 but glass struggles to perform. (Q1 packaging data).

March 2016

First quarter packaging recycling data has been published by the Environment Agency and overall shows a very promising start to 2016 however, glass has underperformed to the surprise of many in the sector. All other material held up well particularly in plastic and steel despite historical and current issues surrounding their respective markets.

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Packaging targets confirmed for 2016 plus market outlook.

March 2016

The Government has confirmed that the packaging recycling target for plastics is to be reduced from its current level of 52% to a revised 49% following the conclusion of the consultation process which was launched at end of 2015. In addition glass was to remain static for 2016 and only increase by 1% each year for the following three years.

In summary:

  • Packaging recycling target for plastics to be reduced to 49% for 2016, increasing 2% per year to 2020.

  • Glass packaging recycling target to remain static at 77%, and increase by 1% each year to 80%.
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Provisional Q4 data shows increase in PRNs supply.

31st January 2016

Provisional packaging waste recycling data for the final quarter of 2015 has been released by the Environment Agency, despite all the fears expressed at the latter end of last year most of the recycling targets were met comfortably.The slightly down side is that some materials are expected to begin 2016 in a weaker position than others with the total carry over figure down 27% on the previous year.

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Consultation as Defra proposes lowering the plastic packaging target.

December 2015

The long awaited proposals to amend the plastic and glass packaging recycling targets have finally been published by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA). The department has outlined plans to lower the target for plastic packaging from 2016 onwards with a reduction from the planned target of 52% to 48% or even 49% for next year.

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World economic trends impact on Q3 PRN figures.

November 2015

The recently published figures for the 3rd Quarter indicate serious concerns over the ability of the UK to meet the 2015 packaging targets. The latest figures for plastic PRNs have prompted a number of responses from within the sector with particular concerns covering increasing prices for the PRN’s and the below-target quantities being generated in the marketplace.

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Plastic PRN prices set to keep rising.

October 2015

Third quarter packaging waste data published on the 22nd of October shows increased pressure on the plastics packaging sector as tonnages fall short again for the third quarter in a row. To-date there is an accumulative shortfall of 46,000t with many in the sector predicting that the UK will fail to meet its target under the European Packaging Directive.

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Consultation Respondents call for a suspension to future Plastic Targets.

October 2015

Respondents to a consultation on plastics packaging have called for current targets to be suspended or even reduced until 2020 in order to take the pressure and volatility out of the PRN system.

The two-month long government survey consulted waste industry members and Compliance Schemes on proposals to amend plastics target under the Producer Responsibility Obligations after research suggested that recycling of the material is higher than previously thought.

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The Department for the Environment (DEFRA) intervenes over aluminium PRN fears

August 24th 2015

The Department for the Environment & Rural Affairs has amended the PRN accreditation process for aluminium reprocessors amid fears that companies/obligated producers will not meet their obligation for this material in 2015.

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Q2 Packaging data confirms challenge for aluminium, also a warning for plastics as the Chinese slowdown affects exports.

23 July 2015

Recent data indicating the amount of packaging waste producers will have to recycle in 2015 has confirmed, there will be a serious challenge in meeting demand for aluminium PRNs. This problem which has been ongoing since the publication of the 1st Q figures has not abated following the release of the latest Q2 figures. The data released on the National Waste Data Base shows 12,334t of aluminiumwas accepted for recycling against a target of 17,000t.

Although the plastic situation is looking a lot better concerns about the slowdown in the Chinese economy has all but stopped post-consumer packaging exports to the country from the UK. In previous years this has resulted in a sharp increase in the price obligated producers pay for the PRN certificates.

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Charities continue to benefit from packaging non-compliance

Businesses that failed to comply with laws designed to encourage the recycling of waste packaging paid almost £200,000 to charities to avoid legal action from the Environment Agency between September 2014 and April 2015

May 2015

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Latest News Roundup (Packaging Waste Regulations)

1. Proposals for a Scottish devolved PRN system.

2. The ACP considers PRN amendments to improve transparency.

3. PRN funding is a barrier to recycling progress.

May to June 2015

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Aluminium and Recovery hit hard in Q1 packaging data

01 April 2015

Changes to scrap metal protocols have led to a significant and concerning shortfall in the amount of aluminium packaging recovered in the first quarter of 2015. Many within the industry have expressed serious concerns in response to provisional recycling data released on the 22nd of April. Alupro the metal recycling organisations is already calling for an overhaul in the PRN system.

In additionchanges to rules on energy-from-waste accreditation have also seen an estimated shortfall of 110,000 tonnes in the amount of recovery PRNs accepted over the first quarter

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2014 Q4 packaging data indicates strong year for glass and a positive boost for plastic.

March 12th 2015

Most sectors involved in the Packaging Waste Regulations welcomed the publication of the final provisional packaging waste recovery statistics for 2014 as the data shows the UK market appears to have met its obligations for the year. Compliance schemes in particular were pleased as good carry tonnages point to a fall in the pressure on PRN prices, this in turn will ensure prices will remain relatively stable for the first part of 2015.

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2015 a Challenging Year for Plastic Packaging Recycling

01 January 2015

2015 looks set to be a challenging year for the plastics recycling sector as falling oil prices now make virgin resins more competitive against recycled material. In past years recycled post-consumer packaging has been the preferred option being more cost effective when producing new products, however, the balance has now tipped in favour of using virgin material.

Not all is bad news as DEFRA is now considering a review of plastic recycling targets following the release of a packaging report which suggests that the current recycling rate for waste packaging is higher than previously anticipated.

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Excellent Q3 packaging data creates strong market for buyers.

25th October 2014

Compliance schemes and producers have welcomed further improvement in the provisional packaging waste recovery data released for the third quarter of 2014. This excellent performance is expected to reduce further the PRN price for most materials on top of falls experienced after the publication of second quarter data in July.

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Excellent Q2 packaging figures surprise the market.

30 July 2014

Producers and Compliance schemes have welcomed an ‘overwhelming improvement’ in the provisional packaging waste recovery figures recently released for the second quarter of 2014. Although good news, many in the other side of the sector particularly reprocessors and brokers urge caution.

The figures for April-June 2014, were made available on the National Packaging Waste Database on the 22nd of July and show a surplus in all materials across the packaging spectrum with some excellent figures coming in for glass, plastics and steel, all of which were of concern after the publication of the 1st quarter recycling data.

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Good News on Plastics plus Aluminium Recycling gets a Boost.

24 September 2014

Following a study carried out by the Waste & Resources Action Program (WRAP) it now appears the base line for the amount of plastic packaging has been overestimated in previous years. It is the base line data supplied by industry which is used by the Government to set targets to meet EU responsibilities under the Packaging Regulations.

The study was commissioned earlier this year by the Department for Environment and Rural affairs (DEFRA) following concerns within the plastics packaging industry that base line information used to measure the UK’s progress towards EU packaging targets was incorrect and required amendment.

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Excellent Q2 packaging figures surprise the market.

30 July 2014

Producers and Compliance schemes have welcomed an ‘overwhelming improvement’ in the provisional packaging waste recovery figures recently released for the second quarter of 2014. Although good news, many in the other side of the sector particularly reprocessors and brokers urge caution.

The figures for April-June 2014, were made available on the National Packaging Waste Database on the 22nd of July and show a surplus in all materials across the packaging spectrum with some excellent figures coming in for glass, plastics and steel, all of which were of concern after the publication of the 1st quarter recycling data.

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UK Packaging Obligations for 2014

18 May 2014

The Environment Agency has recently published data giving an initial indication of what demand there will be for Packaging Recovery Notes (PRN’s) in 2014.

Published on the 15 May on the National Packaging Waste Database, the provisional obligation figures for 2014 are calculated from the amount of packaging placed on the UK market last year, and gives an indication of how much packaging recycling evidence producers will now need to purchase in order to meet their packaging obligations under the regulations.

In summary the data shows that compared to 2013, the overall obligation for producers across all materials has increased fractionally from 6,872,183 tonnes in 2013 to 6,879,796 tonnesin 2014 although, there is some variation by material as a result of target increases and the amendment to the glass targets.

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News Items Roundup including: Threshold for packaging waste set to rise.

29 April 2014

As part of work to amend the UK's existing PRN regime for packaging waste, one in nine currently obligated firms are likely to be moved out of the system.DEFRA’s packaging specialist Sarah Wooler announced at the conference of the Advisory Committee on Packaging in London, that as part of its work to review‘producer responsibility’ it was now actively looking to reduce the regulatory burden on smaller businesses and was looking to exempt businesses below a £5 million turnover. This significant move would exempt 1 in 9 producers who are currently required to register under the Packaging Waste Regulations.

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2014 Q1 packaging data highlights steel shortage.

23 April 2014 Provisional packaging waste recovery data released by the Environment Agency(EA) for the first quarter of 2014 indicates that steel recycling has fallen significantly below the level recorded for the same period in 2013 and well below what will be required to meet the UK Packaging obligations.

Another material which was an issue during 2013 has seen an improvement, glass particularly in re-melt applications has shown positive signs of meeting annual targets compared to last year however,there was a shortfall in the aggregates performance.

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Government announces changes to the Glass Recycling BusinessTargets.

21 March 2014

The Government has at last completed its review of the glass targets and has revised the percentages through to 2017. Glass packaging recycling targets will be reduced to 75% this year from 81% increasing by1% per year up to 2016. In addition the split between glass re-melt and aggregates will also be changed given greater emphasis on the re-melt application.

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Q4 packaging Figures Released by the Environment Agency

19th February 2014

The Environment Agency has recently published its provisional packaging data for the fourth quarter of 2013, which appears to show that targets have been met for all materials.

The provisional data on the National Packaging Waste Database shows that despite concerns that many obligated producers and schemes would struggled to meet the 2013 targets for some materials, performance in the fourth quarter of the year was strong.

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DEFRA Proposes to Amend the Glass Recycling Target in 2014

17th December 2013

A short consultation is to take place over the Christmas period on whether to amend the glass recycling targets in 2014. This process is a direct result of the publication of the Glass Flow report which outlined serious flaws in the base line data which is used to set targets for the UK.

From this report it is now clear that UK obligated companies have been penalized over the last two years by paying higher than necessary costs for glass recycling evidence.

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