The monthly packaging waste data has provided an insight into how the UK is performing against this year’s recycling targets ahead of the interim 2020 Q4 data, which will be released later this week.
The latest 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 between 10 February and 10 March 2021.
Whilst the monthly figures provide an overall view of the progress towards the 2021 targets so far, the interim data from Q4 2020 will give a much better picture of individual grades, with the provisional carry over tonnage published.
Head of Packaging at Clarity Environmental, Martin Trigg-Knight, said the latest data pointed to some positive progress so far, “Considering uncertainties about the continued lockdown and impacts on Brexit, overall many of the grades have progressed relatively well in these first couple of months of the year. Plastic, in particular, has had a positive month and this is helping to keep the market stable. We look forward to reviewing the interim Q4 data later this week which will help to provide a more detailed picture of what we can expect for the markets in the year ahead, with carry over providing a starting point for materials.”