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WRAP guidelines on waste collection in England and Wales


The Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP) published a waste regulations route map to help local authorities understand what recycling services they are legally obligated to provide under the Waste England and Wales Regulations 2011.

The regulations state that from January 2015 separate collections of at least paper, metal, plastic and glass are required where they are technically, environmentally and economically practicable (TEEP) and appropriate to meet 'the necessary quality standards for the relevant recycling sectors'. In the absence of guidance from the environmental ministry for the environment Defra, this route map will prove to be useful to local councils.

The route map includes 7 steps:

  • Determine What Waste is Collected and How
  • Check How Collected Materials are Treated and Recycled
  • Apply the Waste Hierarchy
  • Decide Whether Separate Collection of the Four Materials is Required. In this step WRAP defines separate collection and the conditions under which it is must be implemented (necessity test and practicability test)
  • Prpose and agree a future approach for all materials
  • Retain Evidence to support the decision
  • RSet up regular reviews to ensure continuing compliance

Read WRAP Waste Regulations Route Map

Regions for Recycling provides tools to help cities and regions to improve their selective collection and recycling performances. Among thos tools, a series of good practices will demonstrate how local and regional authorities managed to improve their recyclicng performances, in particular by implementing strategies and instruments to foster selective collection. Thos good practices will be showcased during R4R events: a training in Graz on 14 May 2014, a conference in Brussels on 17 September and the R4R final event in Sofia in October 2014.

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