DEFRA tells councils to act over ‘struggling’ MRFs

The government has acknowledged that councils may need to collect paper and glass separately from 2015 to meet European obligations on recycling quality

DEFRA minister Lord de Mauley has written to councils warning them about the failure of many material recovery facilities (MRFs) to separate glass and paper properly.

He has urged councils to tackle the operational practices responsible for this in advance of incoming European recycling regulations.

“At present many of our existing MRFs struggle to keep glass shards out of the paper stream,” wrote de Mauley. “In addition many MRFs produce low quality mixed glass which needs further sorting and can be uneconomic to re-smelt.”

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