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Commingling: Timeline - How MRW reported the debate

June 2009

Wrap launches its leaflet Choosing the Right Recycling Collection System, stating its preference for kerbside sort

May 2010

Greenstar commissions environmental consultant WYG to publish an independent report Review of Kerbside Recycling Schemes Operated by Local Authorities, which says the majority of top-performing English councils for dry recycling use commingled collections. The report comes under criticism from the Campaign for Real Recycling (CRR) for ignoring reprocessors, which it says have difficulties with MRF output quality. Greenstar denies fixing the report to favour commingling.

February 2011

CRR announces it will be seeking a Judicial Review (JR) to challenge Defra’s draft transposition of the revised Waste Framework Directive (rWFD), which allows commingling. CRR says lawyers suggest it has a “very strong case”.

March 2012

The Government consults on its transposition of the rWFD, the Waste (England and Wales) Regulations 2011. An amendment to the regulations, made when Defra secured adjournment to the JR, allows commingled collections only when separate collections are not “technically, environmentally and economically practicable” or necessary to “meet appropriate quality standards”.

June 2012

European Commission guidance on the transposition of the rWFD states that commingling of dry materials should be possible if they are separated to high quality standards.

July 2012

CRR fails to be impressed by the amended waste regulations and vows to pursue the JR.

September 2012

Lord Deben, former environment secretary, tells MRW he supported separate collections.

October 2012

Amended waste regulations in England and Wales come into force.

January 2013

CRR seeks to have its JR heard at the European Court of Justice to “save time”.

26-28 February 2013

JR scheduled to be heard in Cardiff. The judge will make a decision about whether it should be heard in a European court.


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