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Businesses to Play a Role in Improving the UK's Recycling Rate with New Regulations

Dec 17, 2014

On 1st January 2015, new regulations will require businesses to have separate collections for paper, metal, plastic and glass from other waste streams.

The new regulation aims to increase the quality of recycled materials by reducing the threat of contamination during the collection process. It will also help the UK to achieve its recycling targets, improve the environment and help the economy. The changes come as a result of the revised Waste Framework Directive in which the UK is required to promote high-quality recycling.

To ensure this happens, the Environment Agency, the regulatory body, is implementing changes to regulation 13 of the Waste (England and Wales) Regulations 2011 for businesses to have waste both stored and collected separately to minimise the risk of cross-contamination.

This new regulation applies where it is ‘appropriate to meet the quality standards for recycling sectors’ and where it is ‘technically, environmentally and economically practicable (TEEP) to do so’. Businesses are also encouraged to follow the waste hierarchy of prevention, minimisation, reuse, recycle, recover and landfill when it comes to promoting the best overall environmental option.

Neil Stallard, Director of waste management company Alpha Logic, commented on the new regulations: “The new regulations coming into play should see a dramatic increase in the amount of eligible and recyclable materials that are collected. For example, mixing general waste with recyclable waste reduces recycling quality. By segregating waste, it helps support the recycling markets with a better product.

“Now is the time for all businesses to check that their waste management contracts are ready for the new regulations that their waste streams are managed correctly.”

The new regulations apply to both commercial and household waste. For more information on the new regulations, visit www.environment-agency.gov.uk.

If you would like help with your waste management, contact Alpha Logic for a free waste audit to help you discover the most sustainable waste management route for your business. Alternatively, for more information on Alpha Logic, visit www.alpha-logic.com or call 0845 094 3370.