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Prices for recyclate received by Scottish Councils appear to be lower than those obtained by English Authorities for glass, plastic and paper. The study has identified a number of factors which appear are inhibiting Councils from obtaining the best prices.
Complex interactions of different factors are acting on the quality of service and value that Councils are achieving for recyclates.
It has often been proposed that the solution to improving prices is the development of a Local Authority Selling Consortium. However the research identified that while this could have some role to play, contract specification and length have been identified as the factors most critical to enhancing prices.
The research identifies recommendations for improvements that are required to overcome some of the barriers in the status quo and to stimulate incentives for better prices. Foremost is providing support to local authorities in delivering fair contracts between themselves and the buyers of recycled materials. This needs to be supported with improvements in information provision and specification.