PRN price for glass rises as recycling falls

Data reveals a low supply of glass packaging recycling notes

Glass packaging recycling notes (PRNs) are in short supply, Environment Agency data shows. There are also signs of tightening supply in steel and plastic PRNs.

Reprocessing and export PRN figures for the second quarter of 2012, released by the Environment Agency’s National Packaging Waste Database, show a shortfall in glass recycling.

The price of glass PRNs reached £35 per tonne after the initial figures were released on 23 July. The total glass recycled was 18% below the quarter’s requirements. With a drop also recorded in the first quarter, glass is now 122,586 tonnes short of where it should be at this time of year, according to the Environment Exchange, which runs a trading platform for PRNs.

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