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Research shows quality standard is sought for RDF operators

A recent online survey has revealed that the majority of people would like to see RDF operators regulated by a quality standard.

In a poll carried out by waste shredder specialists UNTHA UK, 84% of participants said that yes, RDF operators should be policed in this manner. 11% felt the quality standard was not required, whilst 5% of respondents remained unsure.

The question centres on what is currently a very topical issue, given Defra’s late 2014 commentary in response to the call for evidence on RDF. And now, armed with the research results, UNTHA UK is urging for action to be taken.

Managing director Chris Oldfield comments: “Our alternative fuel experts have been vocal about the need for better quality control in the sector for some time. We are not suggesting that RDF producers become tied up in red tape, nor do we feel it is appropriate to manufacture RDF to a strictly defined specification like Solid Recovered Fuels (SRF). However, as our waste to energy expert Gary Moore proposed to the media in January, a quality standard similar to an ISO accreditation could drive industry progress.

“What’s more, having analysed the findings from our recent poll, it seems we’re not the only people to see the merit of this approach. We need to do more to improve recyclate quality, boost the safety of RDF operations, and support the economic prosperity of the sector.”

Defra has promised to ensure tighter policing of alternative fuel production, in a bid to tackle waste crime. Chris continues: “Admittedly such policing will be tough, in an organisation often restricted by limited resource. However, more defined – and monitored – quality measures would really heighten the ethicality and perceived professionalism of the sector. This needs to happen.”

UNTHA UK’s online poll was launched in March 2015, to encourage clients, peers, prospects and members of the public to have their views heard on all things related to waste and recycling. Having closed the RDF survey at the end of April 2015, the current question asks: “Is the UK doing enough to tackle WEEE recycling?” To take part in the current poll, please visit:


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