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CRR welcomes consultation on Waste Regulation amendments

The Campaign for Real Recycling (CRR) has welcomed the opportunity to respond to Defra and the Welsh Government’s proposed amendments to the Waste Regulations.

The consultation began on 23 February on amendments resulting from the adjourned judicial review brought by CRR. The JR challenges the inclusion of commingling as a form of separate collection the Waste (England and Wales) Regulations 2011. CRR says commingling is contrary the European Waste Framework Directive’s aims to promote quality recycling.

Mal Williams, chair of CRR, said: “As CRR members have been claimants in the review and as the right amendments have the potential to bring about a large portion of the changes that the CRR wishes to see, we will be keeping a close watch on Defra’s approach to this consultation. We will also be looking hard at the interesting new wording for Regulation 13 which Defra has proposed.”

“Securing, maintaining and maximising material value in collection is the best course for local authorities, for reprocessors and for the economy in the UK. The logic and evidence of this is now irrefutable and, happily, it squares wholly the with spirit and wording of the EU Waste Framework Directive.

“Transposing the regulation should therefore clearly direct collection practice towards separation in order to maximise material value.”

CRR said it will make a full response to the consultation, which closes on 12 April, and encourages reprocessors to do the same.  

The adjourned hearing of the judicial review is scheduled to take place on 13 June.

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