Valpak Flow Reports

In order to identify the amount of packaging recycled in the UK it is important firstly
to quantify the amount of each packaging type placed onto the UK market

 

Valpak has undertaken several studies to quantify how much packaging is placed onto the UK market and recycled. This work was done in collaboration with organisations such as Defra, WRAP, Environment Agency, Advisory Committee on Packaging (ACP), Trade Associations, retailers and brand owners.

 

PlasticFlow-2025-Web 

PlasticFlow 2025

Overview: PlasticFlow 2025 has been produced to support Defra in its understanding of current levels of UK plastic packaging placed on the market (POM) and recycled, and potential future levels to 2025. PlasticFlow also reports the associated UK and European compliance implications of projected plastic packaging POM and recycling.

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Full Report Published August 2018

EEEFlow-Report 

EEE Flow 2018
(Update Report)

Overview: A review of the quantity of EEE placed on the market (POM) and off the market in 2017. The study also projects future POM figures and WEEE generated to 2020, and assesses the impact of upcoming legislation changes and targets on flow and achieving compliance.

Report Published 08 March 2018


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Key points:

  • Estimated EEE POM was 1,821k tonnes in 2017, with 2.8% of that made up of products that are exempt of the scope of the regulations

  • WEEE generated in 2017 was 1,545k tonnes; 42% of this tonnage being treated and reported within the regulatory system; 24% lost to the residual waste stream and 34% likely to be treated or reused in some way but not reported to the agency

  • Total registered EEE placed on the market and reported WEEE recycling is projected to increase up to 2020, but not for all categories of EEE/WEEE 

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PackFlow-2025-Report 

PackFlow 2025

Overview: Whether the UK will achieve the higher Circular Economy (CE) targets under our existing packaging producer responsibility system or whether there is a need for PRN reform forms the basis of this study. It briefly assesses the UK’s existing system, before those of six leading European countries, identifying opportunities for growing UK packaging recycling and PRN reform. In addition to our existing UK system, two enhanced and one alternative system is presented.

Summary Report Published 27 June 2017


Full Report Published 5 September 2017

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Key points:

  • The UK is on course to achieve the 2025 CE targets for metals, glass and paper/card: intervention is likely to be required to achieve the plastics target.

  • The UK could benefit from a central communications fund to raise awareness of recycling and maximise use of existing infrastructure.

  • Other mechanisms identified that could enhance the existing UK system include a compliance fee and strategic fund for growing infrastructure.

  • The 2030 CE targets are challenging for metals and glass (no plastic target yet): PRN reform is likely to be required for targets to be achieved.

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EEEFlow-Report 

EEE Flow 2016

Overview: A review of the quantity of EEE placed on the market (POM) and off the market in 2015. The study also projects future POM figures and WEEE generated to 2020, and assesses the impact of upcoming legislation changes and targets on flow and achieving compliance

Report Published 28 February 2017


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Key points:

  • Estimated EEE POM was just over 2 million tonnes in 2015, with 5% of that made up of products that are exempt of the scope of the regulations.

  • WEEE generated in 2015 was 1,528k tonnes; 44% of this tonnage being treated and reported within the regulatory system; 24% lost to the residual waste stream and 31% likely to be treated or reused in some way but not reported to the agency

  • Total registered EEE placed on the market and reported WEEE recycling is projected to increase up to 2020, but not for all categories of EEE/WEEE

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Wood-Flow-2020-Web 

WoodFlow 2020

Overview: A review of the quantity of wood packaging placed on the market (POM) and recycled in 2014. The study also projects future POM figures and recycling rates to 2020

Report 4th August 2016


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Key points:

  • New estimate of UK POM for 2014 is 1,310k tonnes, an increase of 276k tonnes from the previous estimate

  • Using the new POM figure of 1,310k tonnes suggests the UK achieved a 31% recycling rate in 2014, lower than the previous estimate of 40%

  • The estimate was found to be just over 100k tonnes higher than data reported by obligated companies under the Packaging Waste Regulations, suggesting that non-obligated POM accounts for 8% of wood packaging in the UK

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paper_and_card_flow_web 

Paper and Card
Flow 2020

Overview: A review of the quantity of paper and card packaging placed on the market (POM) and recycled in 2014. The study also projects future POM figures and recycling rates to 2020

Report 4th August 2016


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Key points:

  • New estimate of UK POM for 2014 is 4,749k tonnes, an increase of 862k tonnes from the previous estimate

  • Using the new POM figure of 4,749k tonnes, the UK achieved a 73% recycling rate in 2014, lower than previously reported

  • The estimate was found to be just over 1 million tonnes higher than data reported by obligated companies under the Packaging Waste Regulations, suggesting that non-obligated POM accounts for 21% of paper and card packaging in the UK

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plastic_spatial_flow-Web 

Plastics Spatial Flow

Overview: An assessment of the quantity of un-recycled plastic in the UK
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Report June 2016

Plastic-Flow-2014-Web 

Plastic Packaging
Market Study
(Plastic Flow) 2014

Overview: Plastic Flow reviews the quantity of plastic packaging placed on the market (POM) and recycled in 2013. The study also projects future POM figures and recycling rates to 2020

Report Published 16th December 2014


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Key points:

  • New estimate of UK POM for 2013 is 2,260k tonnes, a reduction of 332k tonnes from the previous estimate

  • The revised POM figure means UK recycling performance is higher than previously reported

  • The estimate was found to be just over 370k tonnes higher than data reported by obligated companies under the Packaging Waste Regulations, suggesting that non-obligated POM accounts for 17% of plastic packaging in the UK

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MetalFlow-2014-Web 

MetalFlow 2014

Overview: A review of the quantity of aluminium and steel packaging placed on the market (POM) and recycled in 2012. The study also projects future POM figures and recycling rates to 2020

Report Published 4th March 2015


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Key points:

  • New estimate of UK aluminium packaging POM for 2012 is 178k tonnes, an increase of 16k tonnes from the previous estimate suggesting the UK achieved a 35% recycling rate in 2012, lower than the previous estimate of 38%

  • New estimate of UK steel packaging POM for 2012 is 524k tonnes, a decrease of 121k tonnes from the previous estimate suggesting the UK achieved a 68% recycling rate in 2012, higher than the previous estimate of 55%

  • The aluminium estimate was found to be equivalent to the data reported by obligated companies under the Packaging Waste Regulations, suggesting that non-obligated POM accounts for 0% of aluminium packaging in the UK

  • The steel estimate was found to be 36k tonnes higher than data reported by obligated companies under the Packaging Waste Regulations, suggesting that non-obligated POM accounts for 7% of steel packaging in the UK

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The MetalFlow 2014 Supplementary Report can be viewed here 

 

GlassFlow-2012-Web 

GlassFlow 2012

Overview: A review of the quantity of glass packaging placed on the market (POM) and recycled in 2012. The study also projects future POM figures and recycling rates to 2017

Report Published 17th October 2013


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Key points:

  • New estimate of UK POM for 2012 is 2,399k tonnes, a decrease of 354k tonnes from the previous estimate

  • Using the new POM figure of 2,399k tonnes suggests the UK achieved a 68% recycling rate in 2012, higher than previous estimate of 59%

  • The estimate was found to be just over 350k tonnes higher than data reported by obligated companies under the Packaging Waste Regulations, suggesting that non-obligated POM accounts for 14% of glass packaging in the UK

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