A route map to help local authorities comply with the TEEP requirements set out in the Waste Framework Directive is on track for publication next month, according to a working group led by WRAP and LWARB.
The route map is to help local authorities comply with EU regulations on commingled recycling collections
The working group has been set up to develop a resource pack for councils on TEEP following Defra’s decision in January not to issue statutory guidance on complying with the Waste Framework Directive.
The document will help councils find out if they are compliant with the revised Directive, which states they must have separate collections of dry recyclables in place by January 2015, unless it is not ‘technically, environmentally and economically practicable’ (TEEP) for them to do so.
Consultancy Eunomia Research and Consulting Ltd will also assist with the preparation of the document, entitled ‘Route Map to understanding the requirements of the Waste Regulations 2011 (amended 2012)’.
However, the working group – which includes eight representatives appointed from the likes of WRAP, LARAC, NAWDO, ADEPT, and LWARB – has stated the document being developed is “not guidance” but a “resource” to help councils determine their own compliance.
According to the working group, the route map will be a “decision support tool” for local authorities after the group “identified a need for information to be available to local authorities on the regulations relevant to separate collections of recyclable waste and the key questions and issues authorities should consider when assessing whether or not their service meets these requirements”.
‘The route map is about giving local authorities the tools to make their own decision and help signpost them through the regulations. It is being developed as a resource for local authorities and is not guidance. Ultimately each local authority will need to determine its own compliance with the regulations.’
The London Waste and Recycling Board (LWARB) said on behalf of the group: “Developing an approach that can be utilised by any local authority will have benefits from both a national perspective and should help individual authorities avoid reinventing the wheel and spending time and effort developing their own approach.”