As the industry awaits the final quarterly packaging waste data for 2021, the first insight into material production for 2022 has been given with the release of the voluntary monthly data report.
The figures, released by the Environment Agency on the NPWD earlier this month, report on the amount of packaging waste that has been recycled or exported in January. With the data often incomplete at this time of the year, it must be treated with caution, but it can provide a useful comparison against figures from the same period in previous years.
Glass other has had very similar tonnage reported in January over the past 3 years, hovering between 23,000 and 24,000. With 24,182 reported in this month’s data, there is a small jump in expected tonnage but with the uncertainty over glass carryover in 2022, it could be a slow start to the year.
Glass remelt has shown a small downward trend for tonnage reported in January. Last year’s slow Glass Remelt production against rising targets led to a tightening of the market as the year went through, so we will watch this material closely.