New Recycling Collection Legislation Hailed In With The New Year

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From 1 January 2015, new regulations have come into effect that place recyclates to individually accumulate, and not to combine substances that have been separately collected.

This amendment is directed at helping to realize higher quality recyclates in the UK.
All organisations involved in waste collection are now required to establish independent group for paper, metal, plastic and glass, as long as this is what is essential to achieve high quality recycling and it’s technically, environmentally and economically practicable (TEEP) to gather the four materials separately.

Separating stuff for recycling helps avert pollution and ensures that they may be recycled to a higher standard, creating more chances and valuable products for manufacturers to use the stuff.

“Our aim is to assist collectors to attain conformity, but to be robust with those who blatantly ignore their obligations”

Whilst the regulations establish individual collection as the default position, they don’t forbid the use of mixed or commingled sets of paper, metal, plastic and glass as long as it results in a similar amount of high-quality recyclates, to that achievable by separate group, or if separate group is not TEEP.

We will ask operators to furnish information on their present collection procedures by 31 March 2015 and a database to update that info will be maintained by us.

“Our objective is to assist collectors to achieve compliance, but to be robust with those who blatantly ignore their duties.”


A Waste Regulations Routemap was unveiled in April 2104 to help support local authorities in assessing their compliance with the new waste regulations.

The Routemap was unveiled by a working group consisting of members of local authority waste networks (coordinated through the Waste Network Seats), the London Waste and Recycling Board (LWARB) and WRAPPING.

The Route Map supplies significant information on the regulations relevant to different groups of recyclable waste.

The file isn’t guidance, according to the group that is working, but instead addresses the vital questions that local authorities will have to think about when contemplating whether or not their service matches these conditions and, where required, in evaluating TEEP.

The Routemap was been published in response to Defra announcing that it would not issue further guidance on the subject of TEEP.

“It offers the chance for local authorities to carry out their evaluations in a consistent way which will resist examination, and also a common framework for people wishing to work together and share approaches.

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