Co-mingled versus separate sort: WRAP releases TEEP Route Map

Source: Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP)

Banbury, UK — Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP) has commissioned a Route Map in order to reduce the extent to which individual authorities need to invest in advice, and to help bring consistency and clarity to the way that the Waste England and Wales Regulations 2011 are interpreted. Councils need  to seperate collections of dry recyclable materials when they are necessary to ‘facilitate or improve recovery’ and are ‘technically, environmentally and economically practicable’ (TEEP). But Defra refuses to publish any guidance to the matter.

So the Route Map is intended to help local authorities that collect waste to understand their legal obligations under the Regulations. It is particularly focused on Regulation 13, which concerns the separate collection of glass, metal, paper and plastic, but also explores closely related Regulation 12 requirements regarding the waste hierarchy.

The Route Map:

  • presents a step by step process for councils to follow as they assess whether their waste collection services are compliant with the requirement to separately collect certain materials
  • addresses some frequently asked questions (FAQs) about what the law requires; and
  • signposts useful resources to help councils in their assessments.

It is addressed primarily to English Waste Collection Authorities (WCAs) but is also relevant to Welsh authorities – and to Waste Disposal Authorities (WDAs), both in relation to the waste they collect at household waste and recycling centres and their exercise of their powers to direct WCAs regarding the delivery of waste and recycling.

It is therefore primarily concerned with household waste and similar commercial waste collected by or on behalf of local authorities, although the Regulations apply to waste more generally.

The Waste Regulations Route Map can be downloaded from

Source: Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP)