For many years the PRN system has favoured exported waste evidence, primarily because an export PRN can be issued on a tonne of unsorted, contaminated waste as it leaves our shores. UK recycling evidence in contrast can only be issued on a tonne of recycled material at the end of the process.
In short, exporters can generate more PRNs for a given quantity of material and have no requirement to track where or how the waste is treated - if it is at all.
When required to do so, we only use trusted suppliers abroad, to minimise the environmental impact as much as possible and ensure the people we work with follow our code of conduct.
In 2018 over 4,500 tonnes of our plastic evidence came from new UK sources, as did more than 12,500 tonnes of our glass evidence. We are also directly investing tens of thousands of pounds in new UK recyclers such as Indigo Environmental who are tackling hard-to-recycle waste streams that are traditionally incinerated.
Our focus into the future remains to support new reprocessors become accredited, building lasting relationships that secure long-term supplies of domestic recycling evidence for our members. The more evidence we produce the greater our recycling capacity. The greater our capacity, the lower the cost of recycling and the less we rely on exports.
If you are a reprocessor and think we should be working together, please contact our team.