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Commingling: You said...

My services are currently assessing the UK national measure which transposes the Waste Framework Directive. The outcome of this assessment should be clear in the first quarter of the current year. If we have any concerns about transposition, then they will be brought to the attention of the UK authorities.

Janez Potocink, European environment commissioner

It does not matter if we agree or not with commingled or source collections - commingling is cheaper so it is here to stay.

An unlikely partnership of the green lobby and waste management companies have been successful in promoting commingling, right or wrong. The big issue is whether the collected materials can be sorted to a standard that is acceptable to reprocessors.

Paul Briggs, LinkedIn

The top 11 authorities include four kerbside sort services. What they have in common is not dry system it’s small residual bin.

Meditative Dustman, @MeditativeDust

From our experience in the UK, MRFs can achieve quality outputs and the JR should not be able to stop commingled collections.

PPS Recovery Systems, @PPSRecovery

Rates yes, quality no.

Louise Gray, @loubgray

Amount collected - rejects in process = recycling rate. In some situations co-m will increase rate, but other times not.

Matthew Farrow, @MatthewESA

Have the claimants for the Campaign for Real Recycling really thought about the effect, were they to win, that changing to kerbside separated schemes would have on the UK recycling industry?

For a start, 274 councils, covering more than 19 million households, would need to purchase new containers for dry recyclables, external contracts would need to be renegotiated, MRFs would be out of business, bulking/transfer stations would need to be built and the list goes on.

Apart from the cost and length of time it would take to implement the changes, the UK’s recycling rate would plummet. One has only to look at the league tables to see that the high recycling authorities provide commingled collections.

Jennie Rogers, comment on ‘Collections JR decision delayed


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