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Welsh Government to launch separate collection guidance

The Welsh Government has confirmed that it will be launching draft guidance on separate recycling collections by the end of this month, to ‘offer clarity on the legal requirements for separate collections for local authorities and waste collection providers operating in Wales’.

According to the UK’s transposition of the EU’s revised Waste Framework Directive (the Waste Regulations (Amendment) 2012), by 2015, every waste collection authority must have in place separate collections for waste paper, metal, plastic and glass ‘where separate collection is technically, environmentally and economically practicable’ (TEEP).

However, the UK government has not released details of what is considered TEEP, and the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) has said it will not be publishing any guidance on the matter, although the Waste & Resources Action Programme WRAP has announced that is it working on a ‘routemap’ for local authorities to help assess compliance with the regulations.

Despite the UK government’s reticence in issuing guidance on TEEP and where separate collections are legally necessary, the Welsh Government has confirmed that it will be releasing its own draft guidance for consultation ‘by the end of April’, with a view to the final guidance being available ‘in the autumn’.  

A Welsh Government spokesperson said: “The Welsh Government will be consulting on draft guidance on separate collections, ahead of the Waste Framework Directive requirements coming into force in January next year.   

“This guidance should offer clarity on the legal requirements for separate collections for local authorities and waste collection providers operating in Wales. It is vital that all waste collection bodies are clear on their responsibilities so that they can plan effectively for January 1, 2015. 

“Waste collection systems in Wales need to be simple and straightforward for householders and businesses to use.” 

While it is being launched specifically for local authorities in Wales, it is thought that the Welsh guidance could be used as a reference tool for councils across the UK.

Read more about the arguments for and against co-mingled and separate collections of recyclable materials, or find out more about WRAP’s TEEP ‘routemap’.