The Welsh Government plans to release draft guidance on separate collections by the end of this month.
Andy Rees, Welsh Government head of waste strategy, announced the plans while speaking at an All Party Parliamentary Sustainable Resource Group (APSRG) event in Westminster, ‘Devolved Administrations: Next steps for sustainable resource policy’.
A consultation will be held on the draft guidance and the full guidance will be available in the autumn.
The draft comes ahead of the Waste Framework Directive requirements for separate collections of paper, glass, metal and plastic from January 2015. This is unless it is not technically, economically and environmentally practicable (TEEP) to do so, or unless it will not help to facilitate or improve recovery.
A Welsh Government spokesperson said: “This guidance should offer clarity on the legal requirements for separate collections for local authorities and waste collection providers operating in Wales.
“It is vital that all waste collection bodies are clear on their responsibilities so that they can plan effectively for January.
“Waste collection systems in Wales need to be simple and straightforward for householders and businesses to use.”
Rees cited the Environment Bill White Paper, put forward by Welsh minister for natural resources and food Alun Davies, which recommended extending the requirement for separate collection of paper, glass, metal and plastic to include card, wood and food wastes from 2017.
In October, MRW reported concern from the Welsh Local Government Association (WLGA), which said the recommendation had “the potential to create a number of significant and expensive service changes for councils in Wales”.
In January, The Welsh Government said it was considering whether to issue guidance after Defra confirmed it had no plans to publish guidance for councils seeking to carry on with commingled collections. However, WRAP and the London Waste and Recycling Board (LWARB) are to release a ‘resource pack’ to help local authorities with the legislation.
- At the APSRG event (above), Paul Levett, industry non-executive director, questioned Rees on whether separate collections were producing higher prices for materials.