The Welsh Government has launched a consultation on draft guidance on the separate collection of recyclable materials.
From January 2015, EU regulations mandates all waste collection organisations will have to set up separate collections for paper, metal, plastic and glass, unless it is not technically, economically and environmentally practicable (TEEP) to do so.
The Welsh government is seeking views on a guidance document (file right), which outlines how to assess practicalities of separate collections and costs in comparison with commingled collections, as well as tendering advice for outsourced collections.
Minister for Natural Resources and Food Alun Davies (left) said he wanted it to be “as simple as possible” for everyone in Wales to recycle the four materials to a high quality.
“Increasing the quantity and the quality of materials available for recycling will ensure that Welsh councils and businesses can get a better price for what they collect,” he said. “It will help to grow Wales’ market for recycled materials which will pay more for quality resources, which can only benefit Welsh companies.”
“It’s vital that Welsh councils and businesses are clear on their responsibilities so that they can plan effectively for next year.”
Final statutory guidance will be made available once all consultation responses have been considered. The consultation will close on Monday 21 July 2014.
The Welsh Government’s guidance will only apply to councils within Wales.
In January, Defra confirmed it had no plans to publish guidance for local authorities seeking to carry on with commingled collections.
- Last year Wales reached its statutory target of recycling 52% of waste collected and the latest quarterly figures show recycling, reuse and composting rates reached 57%, the highest in the UK.