New Recycling Regulations and TEEP

On the 1st January 2015, new waste regulations came in to effect requiring councils and businesses to collect recyclable materials (paper, metal, plastic and glass) separately from any other waste, unless it is not technically, environmentally and economically practicable (TEEP) to do so.

This revision to the EU Waste Framework Directive applies to all commercial, industrial and household waste and aims to increase not only the quantity of waste for recycling but also the quality of recycled products within the UK.

What does this mean for your business?

If your business produces paper, metal, plastic or glass this new legislation WILL affect you as your waste must be TEEP (Technically, Environmentally and Economically Practicable) compliant. You will now have to ensure that any dry recyclable waste you produce is stored and removed separately from your food and non-recyclable waste. This will reduce contamination and increase the quality of recycled material.

What should businesses do to comply with the changes?

To keep yourself legally compliant under the new regulations, it is your duty as a business or organisation to appoint a licensed waste carrier that is able to provide you with a mixed recycling service for dry recyclables and a general waste service for anything else.

Does your business need to have paper, metal, plastic and glass collected in four separate bins?

Whilst the regulations set separate collection as the default position, they don’t prohibit the use of mixed or commingled collections of paper, metal, plastic and glass as long as it results in a similar quantity of high-quality recyclates, to that achievable by separate collection, or if separate collection isn’t TEEP.

Equinox Recycling offers a comprehensive range of waste management and recycling solutions in Kent including zero waste to landfill. We are committed to collecting and treating our customers waste in the most practicable and efficient way to maximise recycling opportunities.

We already provide a dry mixed recycling service for our customers and this material is sorted at an automated Materials Recovery Facility (MRF), which meets the TEEP requirements. All that we ask from our customers is that only ‘allowable’ materials (paper, cardboard, clean soft plastics, tin cans and plastic drink bottles) are placed in the mixed recycling bins. We provide separate collections for glass and food waste as this allows a higher quality of recycled products to be achieved.

If you feel that your business could recycle more and would like a free waste audit, please call us on 0845 520 21 21 or use the contact form on our website. One of our experienced advisors will be happy to identify how and where we can save you money, where improvements to your waste management can be made and how to reduce the impact your business may be having on the environment.

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