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Government consultations to overhaul waste system

The government recently launched a series of consultations to overhaul the waste system, cut plastic pollution, and move towards a more circular economy. Under the proposals, packaging producers look set to pay the full cost of dealing with their waste, together with...

Packaging Recovery Note (PRN) system review

Recycling, of plastics in particular, and PRNs continue to have a high profile in the news. Most recently comes the announcement by the National Audit Office (NAO) of a review into packaging recycling obligations, known as the packaging recovery note (PRN) system. The...

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...

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...