Defra has begun a consultation on proposed amendments to the waste regulations on the separate collection of recycling materials.
The proposals would allow waste collection authorities to continue to collect commingled material.
Defra committed to amending the regulations when it secured an adjournment to a Judicial Review brought against it and the Welsh Assembly Government by the Campaign for Real Recycling which challenged the legality of the regulations’ transposition from a European directive.
The Environmental Services Association welcomed Defra’s continued commitment to allowing authorities the choice of collection system.
Matthew Farrow, director of policy at the ESA, said “ESA members operate a range of waste collection systems which deliver both high capture rates and high quality recycling. These collection systems include fully commingled schemes, kerbside sort systems and various hybrid systems.
“We believe that local authorities should retain the ability to choose the system that best meets their circumstances, and welcome Defra’s confirmation that this also remains its view. Ongoing uncertainty around the regulations helps no one, and we hope that these revised regulations will be confirmed.”
The proposed changes to the Waste (England and Wales) Regulations 2011 would incorporate the concepts of what is “technically, environmentally and economically practicable”, and of “appropriate quality standards” from the EU revised Waste Framework Directive 2008/98/EC.