WRAP and the London Waste and Recycling Board (LWARB) are to launch a publication to help councils comply with EU separated collections rules, but say it will not be classed as ‘guidance’.
Waste minister Dan Rogerson has maintained there is no need for the Government to issue guidance on whether commingled collections can be justified as being technically, environmentally and economically practicable (TEEP).
He has said councils are aware of the rules and that advice would come from their waste contractors.
Despite this, WRAP said in January it was working on a ‘resource pack’ to help councils. LWARB has now said the publication is intended to be launched in April.
WRAP, LWARB and members of local authority waste networks have set up a working group to develop the publication, titled ‘Route map to understanding the requirements of the Waste Regulations 2011 (amended 2012)’.
The group said local authorities needed information on separate collections regulations as well as on key questions in assessing whether a service meets these requirements and “where necessary, in assessing TEEP”.
An LWARB statement read: “Developing an approach that can be utilised by any local authority will have benefits from both a national perspective and should help individual authorities avoid ‘reinventing the wheel’ and spending time and effort developing their own approach.”
An LWARB spokesperson said: “The routemap is about giving local authorities the tools to make their own decision and help signpost them through the regulations.
“It is being developed as a resource for local authorities and is not guidance. Ultimately each local authority will need to determine its own compliance with the regulations.”
The Hertfordshire Waste Partnership (HWP) recently said it was drawing up its own TEEP guidance, following a similar announcement by East Cambridgeshire District Council in January.