Law changes are likely after a legal challenge to controversial legislation about commingled kerbside collections.
Defra said it would be making “technical changes” to the Waste (England and Wales) Regulations 2011.
The regulations were introduced in March to implement the EU Revised Waste Framework Directive. But in September, the Campaign for Real Recycling was granted permission for a judicial review of the way they transposed the European law.
CRR claims the inclusion of commingling is “contrary to the wording and the spirit of the WFD and therefore is not a transposition of it”.
But a Defra statement said: “Defra will make technical changes to the Waste (England and Wales) Regulations 2011 to ensure multi-bin recycling systems are not imposed on residents.
“The changes will mean that local authorities will be able to choose the types of recycling services local people want, while ensuring quality recycling is collected.”
It added: “Defra will seek the views of industry, local authorities and other interested parties to inform the change to be made to the legislation.”