Sustainability

Lord de Mauley visits Aylesford Newsprint

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New Defra Resource Minister Lord de Mauley on Wednesday (28 November) took part in a manufacturing visit and round table discussion held by the Resource Association (RA) at Aylesford Newsprint, Kent.

The RA, a trade body representing the reprocessing sector, said the visit gave de Mauley the chance to witness first hand the ‘process of turning recovered paper into a quality manufactured product’ and take part in a round table discussion about the ‘ambitions of the association for the reprocessing and recycling sector’s role in the government’s green growth agenda.’

The visit also allowed de Mauley a chance to hear the RA’s concerns regarding ‘recyclate quality, regulation of the output of MRFs through the proposed MRF Code of Practice and the impact of poor quality feedstock availability on UK manufacturing’.

Chief Executive of the Resource Association, Ray Georgeson, said: “We were delighted to host Lord de Mauley on his first visit to a UK paper reprocessor and took the opportunity to congratulate the government on the successful piloting of the new packaging recycling targets through Parliament. 

“The ambition the government has stated, especially on plastics packaging, is to be commended – strong and ambitious targets are needed to drive the industry to another step change in the recovery and reprocessing of packaging materials.

“Delivery of a robust MRF Code of Practice, proper enforcement of TFS Regulations and reform of the PRN/PERN system to support the UK green economy is also needed and we look forward to Lord de Mauley’s interventions in these arenas as he moves from listening mode to action within his ministerial brief.”

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