MF Data Shows 1.3% Increase In Wales’ Target Material

Updated materials facility (MF) figures by WRAP shows Wales’ average parentage of target material increased, while England’s decreased.

The updated data, published yesterday (9 February), shows the average percentage (by weight) of target material received by responding MFs in Q3 2016 was 87.1% for England and 88.9% for Wales. This shows a 0.1% decrease for England and a 1.3% increase for Wales compared to the previous quarter.

This is the eighth publication of data under the Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2014 (Schedule 9A), and relates to the reporting period, July-September (Q3) 2016.

The lowest average percentage (by weight) of a specified target material in the output material streams is for plastic in England (90.5%), and glass for Wales (88.5%).

In England, 89 facilities notified The Regulator (Environment Agency) in accordance with the Regulations for Jul-Sep 2016 and 87 submitted a quarterly data return. In Wales, 12 facilities notified The Regulator (Natural Resources Wales), and all 12 submitted data, although one site did not submit any sampling data, which is being queried by the regulator.

MF Input stream analysis: England

The waste supplied to the responding MFs in England was attributed directly to 225 local authorities (LAs) and 266 other suppliers (such as waste management companies or other

The total tonnage of mixed material entering the MFs in Q3 2016 was 852,397 tonnes which is around 45,419 tonnes or 5% less than the previous quarter and the lowest amount since Q3 2015. The MFs provided data based on a total of 8,232 samples totalling nearly 575 tonnes.

Table 1 shows that the average percentage (by weight) of target material received by responding MFs in Q3 2016 was 87.1% which is very similar to the previous quarter (87.2%).

MF Output stream analysis: England

The total tonnage of Specified Output Material (SOM) leaving the responding MFs in Q3 2016 was 626,111 tonnes. This is a decrease of 29,340 tonnes compared to the previous quarter, and the lowest figure since Q4 2015. The MFs provided data based on a total of 17,339 samples totalling nearly 694 tonnes which shows a decrease from the last quarter.

SOM produced by MFs contain some materials that are non-target and non-recyclable. Table 5 below is based on the sampling data of outputs and shows that the average percentage of target material of responding MFs is 90.5% or higher for all of the four main SOM. Figure 5 displays the target material percentage and inter-quartile range for each material. There is very little change for any of the materials. The variability across samples as indicated by the inter-quartile range is lowest for paper and highest for plastic, which is the same as the previous two quarters.

MF Input stream analysis: Wales

The total tonnage of mixed material entering the MFs in Q3 2016 was 78,199 tonnes. All 12 of the notified facilities submitted data, but one of the 12 did not submit any sampling data. 527 samples were taken which amounted to 47 tonnes.

Table 2 shows that the average percentage of target material received by responding MFs in Q3 2016 was 88.9%, which is a 1.3% increase from the previous quarter (87.6%).

MF Output stream analysis: Wales

The total tonnage of SOM leaving the responding MFs in Q3 2016 was 57,236 tonnes which is 1,770 more tonnes than Q2 2016. All 12 notified facilities provided data, although one did not supply sampling data.

SOM produced by MFs contain some materials that are non-target and non-recyclable. Table 6 below is based on the sampling data of outputs and shows that the average percentage of target material in the outputs of responding MFs is 88.5% or higher for all of the four main SOM. There is a slight increase in weighted mean average for paper (0.6%), a 2.3% increase for metal and a 3.4% increase for glass since the last quarter (Q2). Plastic has decreased by 3.8%.

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