British Glass has welcomed the recognition of re-melt in the Government’s proposed packaging targets but would like to see more detail on how it will work.
Under the proposed targets, glass will be split into sub-categories to boost the amount of glass that is re-melted rather than sent to aggregate use. The consultation proposes that there should be a limit on the amount of glass that can be recycled into aggregates and this should be counted at its 2008 level, which is approximately 565,000 tonnes.
British Glass head of container affairs Rebecca Cocking said: “We are still slightly unsure about the logistics of this, but pleased that there is recognition of the importance of re-melt.
“We need to understand what this will mean for the writing of PRNs for glass if the limit for aggregate is reached and how this will work in practice.
“However, we support the increase in the targets as we have seen what has happened as a result of static targets over the last 12 months and the impact this has had on the PRN market.”
The Government’s preferred option in the consultation is for the re-melt target to be 63 per cent from 2013 to 2015, increasing to 64 per cent in 2016 and 2017.