The revised European (EU) Waste Framework Directive cam e into force in November 2008. This was transposed into law in England and Wales (England and Waste Regulations 2011 (the Regulations)), which were further amended in 2012. The Regulations set out a requirement for separate collections of glass, paper, metals and plastics from January 2015 unless the Local Authority has undertaken an assessment to demonstrate that commingled collections are permissible.
The Regulations require Local Authorities to assess whether it is viable to set up a separate collection for paper, glass, metal and plastics, and state two tests that must be applied: the ‘Necessity’ test and ‘Technically, Environmentall and Economically Practicable’ (TEEP) test.
As assessment of the separate collection of recyclables using these two tests was undertaken by Greater Manchester Waste Disposal Authority (GMWDA) in 2014 so that it could be used as a template by east Waste Collection Authority (WCA) to demonstrate compliance. In summary, the assessment demonstrated that Greater Manchester WCAs are compliant with the Regulations in relation to the statutory tests.
The initial assessment was independently reviewed by AMEC to assess compliance of the Authority’s TEEP assessment with the Regulations. It is necessary to review the TEEP assessment at specific points when the technical, environment or economic feasibility may change, or when new data becomes available. Therefore, the assessment will be subject to ongoing review and future reports will be made available via the GMWDA website.