MF Data Shows Target Material Decrease For England

Updated materials facility (MF) figures by WRAP shows a 1.2% decrease in target material for England and a 0.8% increase for Wales compared to the previous quarter.

This is the ninth publication of data under the Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2014 (Schedule 9A), and relates to the reporting period, October-December (Q4) 2016.

The average percentage (by weight) of target material received by responding MFs in Q4 2016 was 85.9% for England and 89.7% for Wales. This shows a 1.2% decrease for England and a 0.8% increase for Wales compared to the previous quarter.

The lowest average percentage (by weight) of a specified target material in the output material streams is for plastic in England (89.5%), and glass for Wales (90.4%).

This is first publication of data following the change in certain input and output sampling arrangements that were laid down in the original 2014 Regulations.

For mixed waste inputs, samples must be taken for every 125 tonnes received from each supplier (except where the mixed waste is being transferred to another MF for separating into specified output material). For specified output material (SOM) the sampling frequency for paper SOM changes to 1 sample for every 60 tonnes produced and for plastic SOM sampling, frequency changes to 1 sample for every 15 tonnes produced.

In England 87 facilities notified The Regulator (Environment Agency) in accordance with the Regulations for Oct-Dec 2016 and all 87 submitted a quarterly data return. In Wales, 12 facilities notified The Regulator (Natural Resources Wales), and all 12 submitted data.

MF Input stream analysis: England

The waste supplied to the responding MFs in England was attributed directly to 218 local authorities (LAs) and 254 other suppliers (such as waste management
The total tonnage of mixed material entering the MFs in Q4 2016 was 884,406 tonnes which is around 32,009 tonnes or 3.8% more than the previous quarter. The MFs provided data based on a total of 8,788 samples totalling nearly 609 tonnes.

Table 1 below shows that the average percentage (by weight) of target material received by responding MFs in Q4 2016 was 85.9% which is a 1.2% reduction from the previous quarter (87.1%).

MF Input stream analysis: Wales

The total tonnage of mixed material entering the MFs in Q4 2016 was 75,795 tonnes. All 12 of the notified facilities submitted data, although one site had limited sampling data. 544 samples were taken which amounted to 49 tonnes.

Table 2 below shows that the average percentage of target material received by responding MFs in Q4 2016 was 89.7%, which is a 0.8% increase from the previous quarter (88.9%).

MF Output stream analysis: England

The total tonnage of Specified Output Material (SOM) leaving the responding MFs in Q4 2016 was 634,200 tonnes. This is an increase of 8,089 tonnes compared to the previous quarter, and the highest figure since reporting began in Q4 2014. The MFs provided data based on a total of 19,334 samples totalling 802 tonnes which shows an increase from the last quarter.

SOM produced by MFs contain some materials that are non-target and non-recyclable. Table 5 below is based on the sampling data of outputs and shows that the average percentage of target material of responding MFs is 89.5 % or higher for all of the four main SOM.

There has been a decrease of 1% in the average percentage of target material for plastic, but very little change for any other materials. The variability across samples as indicated by the inter-quartile range is lowest for paper and highest for plastic, which is the same as the previous three quarters.

MF Output stream analysis: Wales

The total tonnage of SOM leaving the responding MFs in Q4 2016 was 57,826 tonnes which is 590 more tonnes than Q3 2016. All 12 notified facilities provided data, although one supplied limited sampling data.

SOM produced by MFs contain some materials that are non-target and non-recyclable. The average percentage of target material in the outputs of responding MFs is 90.4% or higher for all of the four main SOM.

There is a very small increase in weighted mean average for paper (0.3%) since the last quarter (Q3). Glass has increased by 1.9% and plastic by 3.5%. Metal has seen a small decrease of 0.9%.

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