Paper packaging waste report uncovers “inappropriate” practices Published: 15 August, 2006
A UK GOVERNMENT investigation into allegations against parts of the paper packaging waste industry has uncovered ‘inappropriate practices’ by a number of exporters.
No evidence of fraud was identified, but according to investigators they found numerous examples of incorrect administrative practices, which tended to suggest that the tonnages of packaging waste reported to have been exported in recent years were higher than they perhaps should have been.
However, the government does not propose adjusting the tonnages of paper packaging waste reprocessed or exported following this mission, since it was not possible to quantify the amount of tonnage to be deducted.
Exports of paper packaging waste for recycling have risen from 177,439 tonnes in 2001 to more than 1.1million tonnes last year according to data provided to the Environment Agencies by paper packaging waste exporters.
The investigation was ordered by Ministers to look into allegations of inappropriate issuing of paper Packaging Waste Recovery Notes (PRNs) and, in particular, paper Packaging Waste Export Recovery Notes (PERNs) between 2002 and 2005.
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