MRF-input and -output: First data for England and Wales published by WRAP

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Verpackungsrecycling (Foto: ALBA Group)

Banbury — For the first time, data measuring the input and output of material recovery facilities across England and Wales has been published by the Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP). The reporting period is October to December 2014, the fourth quarter. New regulations require qualifying Materials Facilities (MFs) that receive more than 1,000 tonnes of mixed waste each year to provide quarterly details of the mixed waste tonnage received from each supplier and the output tonnage despatched by four material streams. Under the regulations MFs are also required to take samples of the input and output material so that the average percentage of target, non-target and non-recyclable material can be estimated.

England

The waste supplied to the 86 responding MFs in England was attributed directly to 195 local authorities (LAs) and 168 other suppliers (such as waste management companies or other waste facilities). The total tonnage of material entering the MFs in Q4 2014 was 789,395 tonnes. The MFs provided data based on a total of 6,864 samples totalling 490 tonnes. The average percentage (by weight) of target material received by responding MFs in Q4 2014 was 86.6 percent. The average percentage of paper was 56.3 percent, plastics 10.7 percent, metals 5.1 percent, glass 18.0 percent, non-target material 4.9 percent and non-recyclable material 4.5 percent.

The total tonnage of the Specified Output Materials (SOM) paper, plastics, metals and glass leaving the responding MFs in Q4 2014 was 582,107 tonnes. The MFs provided data based on a total of 14,399 samples totalling 570 tonnes. SOM produced by MFs contain some materials that are non-targeted and non- recyclable. The average percentage of target material in the outputs of responding MFs is 92.0 percent or higher for all of the four main SOM. The targeted material percentage is least variable for paper and most variable for plastic.

Wales

The total tonnage of material entering the MFs in Q4 2014 was 63,128 tonnes. The MFs provided data based on a total of 530 samples totalling 64 tonnes. The average percentage of target material received by responding MFs in Q4 2014 was 90.6 percent. Average percentage of paper was 56.3 percent, plastics 10.7 percent, metals 5.1 percent, glass 18.0 percent, non-target material 4.9 percent and non-recyclable material 4.5 percent.

The total tonnage of SOM leaving the responding MFs in Q4 2014 was 57,243 tonnes. The MFs provided data based on a total of 2,807 samples totalling 161 tonnes. The average percentage of target material in the outputs of responding MFs is 84.0 percent or higher for all of the four main SOM.

A summary of observations on the data at a national level for Oct-Dec (Q4) 2014 is available under wrap.org.uk. The Materials Facility Reporting Portal can be found under mfrp.wrap.org.uk.

Source: Waste & Resorces Action Programme (WRAP)