Viridor’s chief executive has called the Government’s decision include commingled collections in the waste framework directive (WFD) a “common-sense approach”.
Colin Drummond has expressed his complete support for the Government’s action, following the Campaign for Real Recycling’s (CRR) announcement it will seek a judicial review against the inclusion of commingled collections. CRR believes by including commingled collections it is “contrary to the wording and the spirit of the WFD and therefore is not a transposition of it.”
In an open letter, Drummond said: “Classing them [commingled collections] as a separate collection of recyclables represents a common-sense approach to sustainable waste management, as it is realistically often the only solution to enable increased recycling levels of commercial and industrial waste…There is clear evidence that local authorities employing commingled collections are achieving the highest recycling rates in the UK.”
He said that by keeping commingled collection systems a possibility in the UK “it enables private sector investment in the UK’s green economy to deliver high and steadily growing recycling levels in a cost-effective manner, which is convenient for householders.”
Addressing the issue of quality reduction through commingled collections against source segregated, which the CRR campaigns for, he commented: “modern well-managed MRFs ensure that the quality of output products from commingled collections matches, and can exceed that of, alternative systems…The market dictates and demands quality – recovered materials simply would not sell if they failed to meet demanding product specifications which make materials suitable remanufacturing”.
Drummond added that Viridor has invested over £50m in recycling technologies and facilities in the last year with another potential £1bn of further investment in the pipeline.
See the full letter printed in the next issue of MRW.