Are you compliant with the new separate collection legislation?

The Environment Agency is writing to all waste collectors over the next few months to identify whether they meet the new separate collection legislation. Are you confident that you are compliant?

From 1st January 2015, it is a requirement to collect waste paper, metal, plastic and glass separately (from general waste and from each other) where ‘appropriate to meet the necessary quality standards for the relevant recycling sectors’ (necessary) except where it is not ‘technically, environmentally and economically practicable’ (TEEP).

This requirement has come from the revised EU Waste Framework Directive 2008 and has been transposed into UK law in the Waste (England and Wales) Regulations 2011 (as amended). In Scotland, this requirement was introduced by Waste (Scotland) Regulations 2012 in January 2014.

Late December, the Environment Agency issued a briefing note and covering letter outlining the responsibilities of both waste collectors and waste producers:

  • Waste collectors
    Waste collectors must offer separate collections to their customers unless it is not ‘necessary’ to do so or ‘TEEP’ (as defined above). If a waste collector believes it is not TEEP or necessary, then they are required to keep an audit trail to help the Environment Agency understand their decisionThe Environment Agency will be writing to all waste collectors between January and March 2015 asking them to submit information on their current collection methods to prove that they comply with the legislation.
  • Waste producers
    Waste producers must be offered a collection service that meets the requirement.Waste producers must take all reasonable steps to apply the waste hierarchy in the following descending order of preference: prevention, preparing for reuse, recycling, other recovery (for example energy recovery), disposal. This requirement has been in place since September 2011 so shouldn’t be news!

Read the  EA Separate Collection Briefing Note 22-Dec-2014 and EA Separate Collection Letter 22-Dec-2014.

Sampling requirements for MRFs

Earlier last year, the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) put out related guidance for Materials Recycling Facilities (MRFs) specifying how they needed to report on mixed waste sampling. Under Schedule 9A of the Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2010 (as amended), MRFs (which are known as Material Facilities in the Regulations) that receive 1,000 tonnes of mixed waste or more (household waste or waste that is similar to household waste that contains at least 50% by weight of two or more of the following materials: glass, paper, plastic, metal) each year must test, and report on, the materials they receive, and send out, every three months. Every 160 tonnes of mixed waste delivered by each supplier using the site must be sampled and separated into the constituent grades (paper including cardboard, glass, plastic and metal) and non-recyclable fractions. For recyclables exported from the site, every grade of material exported must be sampled on a tonnage basis that varies depending on the grade of material being exported. The weights and percentage composition of the samples must be recorded and reported to the EA on a quarterly basis. These requirements came into force on 1 October 2014 and the first reporting period (October to December) needed to be reported by the end of January 2015.

For more information, read MF regulations October 2014-mrf-guide. The WRAP document MF Sampling Guidance April 2014 also provides in depth guidance on how to comply with the regulations.

Please do not hesitate to contact Wiser Environment on 01480 462 232 or at to discuss how we may be able to assist you in meeting the new requirements.

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Fernbrook Bio achieves recertification to PAS110 & Biofertiliser Certification Scheme

Congratulations to Fernbrook Bio for achieving recertification to PAS110 and Biofertiliser Certification Scheme!

Despite all the recent external pressures, Fernbrook Bio has successfully maintained a high-quality standard throughout. This fantastic achievement demonstrates how successful our 14-year strong collaborative partnership has been. We look forward to tackling the next challenge together.

End of halogen light bulbs

From this September, the UK Government is set to ban the sale of halogen light bulbs – with fluorescent light bulbs to follow suit.

We offer a complete collection and recycling service – so, get in touch if you have any unwanted lights, light fittings or bulbs.

The EA has updated its odour management plan guidance

The EA has updated its odour management plan guidance. Overall, the guidance outlines how operators must control and monitor emissions from their activities that may cause pollution.

Changes include clarifications regarding when the EA will want an odour management plan. They may request one during pre-application, determination, variation or at any point during the lifetime of your permit.

Also, Materials recycling and handle odorous inputs or reject streams and Intensive Farming have been added to the list of Activities that require an odour management plan.