MATERIALS SECTORS WELCOME PROPOSALS FOR GREATER CONSISTENCY IN RECYCLING COLLECTIONS – JOINT STATEMENT

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

The WRAP report on Greater Consistency in Household Recycling Collections was today welcomed by an alliance of materials sector bodies. In a joint statement from ACE-UK, Alupro, British Glass, Confederation of Paper Industries, RECOUP and the Resource Association, the organisations representing many of the major materials recycling sectors impacted by the proposals to develop greater consistency, they said:

“We warmly welcome the WRAP report on consistency and commend them for the thorough and inclusive way they have undertaken this important task.  In what is a complex set of issues within which there are many challenges, WRAP have set out a clear vision which, if implemented, would lead to greater clarity about the labelling of packaging to indicate recyclability as well as improved commonality of approach to the collection of packaging materials for recycling.

“The economic and environmental case for greater consistency is compelling.  Our industries are committed to playing a full part in realising this vision and will support the actions that follow on from the report.  The challenge for Government, local government and the recyclate collection and sorting industries will be in responding to our continued concerns about the costs of dealing with contaminated recyclate and working with us in partnership to realise the full potential of the UK’s recycling and reprocessing industries.

“This report is an important next step on this journey and represents an opportunity with long-term and long-lasting benefits.  It will take time, but it is a significant step forward.”