Eco Plastics has joined the call for a mandatory code of practice for materials recycling facilities (MRFs). The move follows a similar statement last week from the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM).
The Department of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs' (Defra) consultation asked for views on whether a code specifying minimum output standards should be compulsory for all MRFs or whether they should be able to comply on a voluntary basis – a proposal dismissed as unworkable by the wider recycling community.
“We have submitted our response to the Government's consultation and in that we have made clear in no uncertain terms our view that the code of practice is doomed to failure if firms can simply opt out,” said Jonathan Short, managing director of ECO Plastics.
“The fact that some reprocessing markets can still accept a high degree of contamination means that those companies which choose to comply with voluntary standards will be undercut by their competitors,” he added.