Paper mills can't afford the cost of recycled material contamination, CPI claims
The Confederation of Paper Industries (CPI) has issued a note commenting the increase in recycled material rejections from local authority collections.
Simon Weston, CPI's Director of Raw Materials, said: "Reports of higher reject rates from recycled materials partially reflects a growing impatience amongst paper mills that cannot afford to pick up the cost of contamination. Increasing energy, water, sorting and waste disposal costs have focused reprocessors on the impact of poor quality, which can increase the cost of raw material by up to three times by the time it has been processed."
Mr Weston added: “The paper industry favours a clear and consistent approach to collection, such as that being advocated by WRAP, which would provide clarity and simplicity for councils and the public. It also believes that the increasing use of comingled collection has contributed to confusion because it encourages the idea that “anything goes” in the recycling bin, rather than forcing the public to focus on the specifics of what they are doing.”