Draft guidance published by the Environment Agency (EA) states that from January 2015 commingled waste collections will only be permitted where they provide “high quality recyclate” or where separate collection “is not practicable”.
The regulations state that dry recyclables of at least paper, metal, plastic and glass for household and commercial waste must be collected separately.
They must not be remixed later, in order to promote high quality recycling.
The revised Waste Framework Directive requires the UK to take measures to promote high quality recycling.
This includes a specific requirement, by 1 January 2015, to set up separate collections of paper, plastic, metal and glass as a minimum.
Collectors of these wastes must collect these materials separately, unless it is not necessary to provide high quality recyclates; or unless it is not technically, environmentally or economically practicable (“TEEP”).
“This should increase the total quality, quantity and value of recyclates produced across sites and the UK. This will help to achieve the UK’s recycling targets, improve the environment, make better use of natural resources and help the economy”
The requirement applies to any establishment or undertaking collecting waste.
“This should increase the total quality, quantity and value of recyclates produced across sites and the UK,” the EA briefing notes states. “This will help to achieve the UK’s recycling targets, improve the environment, make better use of natural resources and help the economy.”
The EA sets out its role, stating it is the enforcement authority and it will be responsible for seeing that the legislation is applied.
“We are working with Defra and WRAP to develop a risk-based regime for regulation,” it states.
It also points to what guidance is available, quoting Lord de Mauley’s letter in October 2013 to local authority bodies, reminding them of the obligations from 2015 and set out the Government’s position.