Unfinished draft guidance on separate collection and TEEP for England and Wales has been released by Defra.
The document, dated 1 October 2013 (file right), was intended to advise councils on the requirements of the EU Waste Framework Directive, which mandates the separate collection of materials from 2015 unless it is not technically, economically and environmentally practicable (TEEP) to do so.
The draft guidance stated that two or more of the waste streams - other than glass - could be collected using a commingled system if the system achieved “high quality recycling”.
“The benchmark of high quality recycling should be taken as meaning that recyclate is similar in both quality and quantity to that achieved with good separate collection and is therefore able to be used by reprocessors for turning back into a product of similar quality to what it was originally,” said the document.
“This is not commonly the case for glass,” it added.
The document was released after a Freedom of Information request. It is the latest version before the department confirmed in January 2014 that it would not publish official guidance on the matter of separate collections.
“Officials concluded that, on balance, further Government guidance was unlikely to add much to what is already set out in regulations and other documents,” said Defra in response to the FoI request.
“These include the Waste Framework Directive itself, the European Commission’s own guidance and Lord de Mauley’s letter of October 2013 to local authority organisations in England seeking effective implementation of the new requirements.”
In the letter, former resource minister de Mauley urged councils to tackle issues around glass in commingled collections.