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China National Sword Update

China’s strict new regulations on the import of low grade waste for recycling seem set for implementation in 2018. The country’s National Sword programme has been running since 1 March 2017, aimed at clamping down on waste for recycling contaminated with dirty or...

Current PRN Market Overview

Most discussions concerning Packaging Recovery Notes (PRNs) continue to centre around the ongoing issues in the Plastic market. The general consensus seems to be the continuing disparity between Supply and Price not seeming to make sense. The August figures following...

The Supply and Demand of Waste Packaging

Producers of waste packaging have an obligation under UK law and EU regulations to recover and recycle a proportion of what they supply. But how does this work in practice? After all, it’s difficult for many producers or retailers of products to gather the waste...

UK’s Paper Recovery Rates

As 2016 paper recovery rates get announced, it appears that they have remained broadly the same as they have for the past 8 years. Final figures published by the Confederation of Paper Industries (CPI) shows the total collection for 2016 to be 7.82 million tonnes,...

PERNs – Q1 Summary for 2017

Following on from our previous blog, ‘Fall in Export Prices for Recycling‘, where it was explained that some recyclable materials have decreased in price within the export market. This has caused a knock on effect to packaging recovery notes, which are a...

Fall in Export Prices for Recycling

Global market demand for some recyclable materials have seen a sharp fall in value this month, April 2017. This is particularly noticeable in the exports which are sent to China, including paper & cardboard, ferrous scrap metal and the plastics markets. Paper...