Resource Association calls for clarity on recycling rate calculation

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A standardised way to measure recycling rates across Europe is needed, says the Resource Association.

Speaking at an event in Brussels organised by the Association, its chief executive Ray Georgeson called for “clarity and integrity” when determining where recycling is counted and in the description of the targets.

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He added: “The European Commission has a golden opportunity to finally end the confusion and discrepancies in the measurement of recycling across Europe.

“This should be done by settling on the recognition that the final point of recycling is the correct and fair point at which to measure recycling rates.

“While we recognise that this may be challenging to calculate across materials and reach agreement, it should not be technically impossible to do, noting the individual complexities in certain material streams. If necessary, more technical work should be commissioned to settle any issues.”