New waste regulations

Monday, 26 January 2015.

New waste regulations

New regulations have come into effect which require waste collectors to collect materials such as paper, card, metals, plastic and glass separately, unless they can demonstrate that to do this would not be technically, environmentally and economically practicable (the TEEP test).

The Waste (England and Wales) Regulations 2011 came into effect in January 2015 also require waste producers to manage their waste in line with a hierarchy of waste management options so that they do everything that is reasonable to reduce, re-use or recover your waste.

The underlying purpose of the regulations is to reduce waste production and help achieve the highest possible quality of recyclable materials.

Do I need separate bins for paper, glass, plastic and metal?
Unless it can be shown that separate collection is not necessary to achieve good quality recyclable materials, or it is not technically, environmentally or economically practical to collect the waste separately then separate collection will be required by the 2011 regulations.
There is no one collection system that fits all situations. A co-mingled collection, where a number of recyclates are collected in the same container, and later efficiently separated at a material recycling facility to produce high quality recyclate, can meet the requirements.

However, regardless of the size of your business, the regulations require you to handle your waste in line with the Waste Hierarchy, which means you must review your current practices and make sure you are doing everything possible to reduce, re-use, recycle or recover your waste.

Separate collections can be required if later sorting cannot guarantee the quality of the recyclate, providing these collections are technically, environmentally and economically practicable.

How can Cumbria Waste Group help?
Cumbria Waste Group is the largest recycler in the Cumbria area. In addition to your normal waste collections, we already provide services for both separate and co-mingled collections throughout the county and our approach is to work with our customers to ensure the service offering best suits their needs.

We will ensure that we collect and treat all your material in the most environmentally efficient way, using convenient, flexible and cost effective collection systems which also encourage a high level of participation.

Where containers are provided for either separate or co-mingled materials, is important that our customers ensure that only the relevant items, ie. paper, card, plastic and metal cans are placed in them, and that they remain free from contaminants such as food or other general waste.

Local Material Recycling Facility
Our newly opened material recycling facility at our Hespin Wood site in Carlisle has extensive quality control procedures in place, which fully comply with the MRF Code of Practice, and is focused on producing the highest quality recyclable materials which will meet demanding end-user specifications. We have long standing trading relationships with an extensive network of material re-processors which ensure a compliant and sustainable route for your recycled materials.

If you would like any further information on this legislation or how we can help with your waste collections please call our sales team on 0845 241 3333.