The UK Waste (England and Wales) Regulations 2011 have been amended and the changes will enter into force on 1st January 2015. Here are more details to ensure you are up to date.
What has changed?
All businesses must ensure paper, metal, plastic and glass are collected separately. The amended regulations state that this new responsibility only applies where the act of separating these materials is necessary to ‘ensure, facilitate or improve recovery’, and where it is ‘Technically, Environmentally and Economically Practicable (TEEP)’ to do so.
What does this mean for you?
You will have to work with your waste service provider to ensure that they can separate those different strands of waste where reasonable and appropriate. Carbon Smart can work with you to determine the best way for you to do this.
- You need to ensure glass is kept out of your mixed recycling stream.
- If you produce lots of paper waste, you could add that as one of your separate waste streams.
- Cans, tins and plastic packaging are fine to collect in one sack or bin, because this does not affect their ability to be recycled, further down the line.
- Food and food contaminated waste will need to be kept separate.
Call Carbon Smart for advice on complying with this new regulation