The Recycling Association asks Indonesia to review unworkable 0% contamination limit


A letter has been sent to the Government of Indonesia, calling on it to review a 0% contamination level on imports of recycled material.

The Recycling Association chief executive Simon Ellin has written to it, outlining how the Association believes that a 0% contamination level is “unworkable” with current sorting technology.


He has also outlined the importance of quality materials to the Association, demonstrating that it has launched its Quality First campaign on this issue, and also developed a quality control system with Chinese inspection agency CCIC.

Simon Ellin said: “I believe it is important to engage with the Indonesian Government on this issue to ensure we keep open a key market for high quality UK recyclate.

“We are working with our colleagues ISRI in the United States, in an effort to see if we can persuade the Indonesian Government of the benefits of workable standards. Unfortunately, a 0% contamination level is not workable.

“As an Association, we have worked hard to promote the quality message through our Quality First campaign, and the quality control system we developed with CCIC. Our members responded and continue to produce high quality material, including for Chinese specification of 0.5% for OCC.

“I do hope that we can find some common ground with the Indonesian Government, so that we can send high quality secondary commodities there in future.”

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