Statement from BPF Recycling Group Chairman
In response to the recent report from Eunomia ‘Plastic Packaging Shredding Light on the UK data’, Chairman of the British Plastics Federation Recycling Group Roger Baynham has made the following statement:
"The British Plastics Federation Recycling Group (BPFRG) supports the idea of an independent body being able to review the current data and develop clear proposals to tackle any identified errors. This would help ensure the system was transparent.
The BPFRG is also pleased to hear the announcement that the Environment Audit Committee (EAC) has asked the National Audit Office (NAO) to assess the PRN scheme’s performance against its objectives and to consider whether there is a sufficiently robust approach to preventing fraud and non-compliance. To help reduce PRN fraud, the BPF recently launched a platform allowing the industry to anonymously report waste crime to the Environment Agency Intelligence Team
For a number of years, the BPFRG has raised concerns about the PRN system and called for reform. In particular, we have highlighted the fact that the current system encourages waste to be exported, as any contaminated material is still counted within recycling figures, whereas if recycled domestically, contaminated material must be removed prior to reporting. We welcome Eunomia’s suggestion that what qualifies as ‘recycled material’ should reconcile with the output from the final recycling process."
British Plastics Federation (BPF) is the UK trade association for the plastics industry – representing the whole supply chain including polymer producers, distributors, additives suppliers, machinery manufacturers, processors and recyclers.