Householders will not need more bins after separate collections become the default position next year, the resource minister has said in his keynote speech at RWM.
In a video address Dan Rogerson said that from 2015 local authorities will need to collect recyclables separately, except if this cannot provide high quality recyclate or where it is not technically, environmentally and economically practicable (TEEP) to do so.
“Of course this does not mean that we need dozens of bins,” he said. “If separate collection is not ‘TEEP’, commingling and sorting at materials recycling facilities (MRFs) is needed.
“I’m confident that local authorities will adopt the right system for their local area to deliver quality recyclate.”
Rogerson added that the MRF code of practice, which comes into force in October, will help councils to demonstrate the quality of the materials they collect through commingled systems.
Rogerson added that more effort was needed to reach the 2020 target of recycling 50% of household waste, but he was confident that the objective would be achieved if industry, Government and householders worked together.
He said Defra would not rule out “tougher measures” if necessary. “Greater quality and more recycling is something we should all strive for.”