The UK's Aluminium Packaging Recycling Organisation (Alupro) has rolled out a new protocol that provides packaging recovery notes (PRNs) for those recovering aluminium packaging from incinerator bottom ash (IBA) for recycling purposes
Set to go live by 1 January 2015, the new protocol will enable the British firms to claim PRNs for the aluminium packaging recovered for recycling.
According to Alupro, around 50% of all non-ferrous IBA comprises aluminium packaging, including drinks cans and aerosols.
The new protocol would assist in recycling around 10,000t of recovered aluminium and support in meeting targets for aluminium packaging recovery.
Alupro executive director Rick Hindley said: "Aluminium packaging is already being recovered and recycled from IBA in the UK.
"The establishment of this protocol is excellent news as it will now mean that this recovered aluminium packaging can count towards national recycling targets.
"We would always prioritise the collection of household aluminium through clean collection systems to ensure maximum value of the material is achieved, but with the growth of energy from waste plants set to increase between now and 2020 it is important that the aluminium content of IBA is counted towards national recycling targets."
Developed as part of efforts to ensure that all of the aluminium packaging accumulated for recycling will arrive at the 'true' recycling rate, the new protocol is expected to 'enable a more accurate comparison between the sector's recycling performance in the UK with its European counterparts'.
Image: The new protocol is set to go live by 1 January 2015. Photo: courtesy of Alupro.