Reprocessors “Step Forward” To Define “High Quality Recycling”

31-03-14(4)picThe Resource Association has launched a new information project designed to provide a convenient reference point for understanding reprocessors’ recyclate quality requirements.

The ReQIP (Recycling Quality Information Point) is a web-based information hub that has been launched in response to the call from Defra Minister Dan Rogerson MP for industry to step forward and provide advice to local authorities on how to comply with legislation on separate collections.

This follows the announcement by Defra that they do not intend to publish guidance on TEEP as had previously been expected.

The project also follows in the wake of the Waste Regulations Route Map published recently by the local authority networks – the Association welcomed the Route Map and anticipates the two projects being cross-referenced through the WRAP Resource Hub.

The ReQIP project has been co-ordinated for the Resource Association by member and long-standing reprocessor industry specialist Peter Mansfield & Associates Ltd, which compiled detailed information on recyclate quality specifications from 36 reprocessor companies and associations that are published today in an overall Quality Specifications Table.

This information represents quality specifications information for 12,917,800 tonnes of UK reprocessing of all key materials (paper, glass, plastics and metals) together with green and wood wastes and a range of others including batteries, textiles and beverage cartons.

Ray Georgeson, Resource Association – “While no outside body has the mandate or authority to issue guidance on TEEP, we have provided a comprehensive and accessible summary of what UK reprocessors consider to be ‘high quality recycling’ in relation to their feedstock requirements and specifications”

Chief executive Ray Georgeson said: “We understand the position that many in local authorities feel they have been left in as a result of the lack of formal guidance from Defra on TEEP, but we have responded positively to the challenge from Dan Rogerson for industry to step forward.

“While no outside body has the mandate or authority to issue guidance on TEEP, we have provided a comprehensive and accessible summary of what UK reprocessors consider to be ‘high quality recycling’ in relation to their feedstock requirements and specifications. It cannot be regarded as guidance on TEEP but it is necessary information for councils as they work out whether their collection schemes are compliant with legislation.”

“We consider that this information constitutes a clear and comprehensive statement of the ‘necessary quality standards for the relevant recycling sectors’ as defined in Article 11. In the next phase of the project in the next few weeks, we will release a chart detailing reprocessor views on the broad impact on material value of the mixing of certain materials in collection schemes.

“This is again aimed at improving the information available directly from reprocessors to local authorities, an area which will benefit from improved communication.”

Association chairman Jonathan Short concluded: “We agree with the widely stated view that all parts of the supply chain need to work better together to improve recyclate quality. We welcome dialogue with local authorities that want to understand the needs of the reprocessor better and who appreciate that while collection is a critical element, recycling doesn’t happen until the materials are reprocessed back into product.

“If councils can use the information in the ReQIP project with their collection contractors and MRF operators then together we can strive for legally compliant collection systems that genuinely meet the quality needs of the recycling industries – for everyone’s benefit.”

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