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EXCLUSIVE: EA plans to finalise position on TEEP in October

Advice for private and public collectors on the requirements of the amended waste regulations will be published by the end of October, MRW understands.

MRW exclusive

The Environment Agency is meeting industry representatives next week and hopes to finalise its proposals next month.

The Waste (England and Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2012, which come into force next year, mandate recyclable materials be collected separately unless it is not technically, environmentally and economically practicable (TEEP) to do so.

A briefing note obtained by MRW after a Freedom of Information request in June revealed some details of how the EA will enforce the regulations.

But waste experts have lamented a general lack of understanding of the implications of the new rules, especially among commercial operators.

Andrew Bird, chair of the Local Authority Recycling Advisory Committee, said that he had “massive concerns” about compliance in the private sector.

Phil Conran, director at consultancy 360 environmental, pointed out there is no guidance available to help waste producers or collection businesses understand what they will be required to do from 2015.

“There are a lot of businesses out there wondering what on earth it all means,” Conran wrote on his blog.

“In theory, all waste collectors should be gearing up to ensure they can meet their legal duties from 1 January. They should be telling their customers that they will only collect residual waste if it contains no paper, plastics, metals or glass unless there is clear evidence that it is not technically, environmentally and economically practicable.”

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