The ReQIP (Recycling Quality Information Point) has been launched by the Resource Association to set out the quality specifications wanted by its reprocessor members.
Launched in response to the call from Resources Minister Dan Rogerson for industry to step forward and provide advice to local authorities on how to comply with legislation on separate collections, the web-based information hub provides a convenient reference point for understanding reprocessors’ recyclate quality requirements.
The ReQIP project has been coordinated by Resource Association member and industry specialist Peter Mansfield & Associates, which sourced it from 36 reprocessor company specifications.
It represents information for 12,917,800 tonnes of UK reprocessing of all key materials (paper, glass, plastics and metals) together with green and wood wastes, plus batteries, textiles and beverage cartons.
Resource Association chief executive Ray Georgeson said: “We understand the position that many in local authorities feel they have been left in as a result of the lack of formal guidance from Defra on TEEP, but we have responded positively to the challenge from Dan Rogerson for industry to step forward.
“While no outside body has the mandate or authority to issue guidance on TEEP, we have provided a comprehensive and accessible summary of what UK reprocessors consider to be ‘high quality recycling’ in relation to their feedstock requirements and specifications.
“It cannot be regarded as guidance on TEEP but it is necessary information for councils as they work out whether their collection schemes are compliant with legislation.
“We consider that that this information constitutes a clear and comprehensive statement of the ‘necessary quality standards for the relevant recycling sectors’ as defined in Article 11. In the next phase of the project in the next few weeks, we will release a chart detailing reprocessor views on the broad impact on material value of the mixing of certain materials in collection schemes. This is again aimed at improving the information available directly from reprocessors to local authorities, an area which will benefit from improved communication.”
View the ReQIP information at http://www.resourceassociation.com/recycling-quality-specifications