New UK Waste Regulations
From 1st January 2015, new UK waste regulations will require businesses to separate recyclable material (paper, plastic, metal and glass) from other waste. This amendment to the EU Waste Framework Directive is to ensure improvement to the quality and quantity of recycling across the UK. This amendment affects household and business waste.
What does this mean for my business?
It means you should ensure dry recyclable waste produced by your business (paper, plastic, metal and glass) is collected separately from other waste, such as food.
To comply with regulations, you should use a Mixed Recycling service such as that offered by Julius Rutherfoord, in collaboration with First Mile, for your dry recyclables (paper, plastic, metal and glass) and a General Waste service for anything else.
If you wish to improve your recycling rates further, you can do so by using additional recycling services for food, confidential paper, electronics, batteries, toners, fluorescent tubes and light bulbs.
Do I need to separate paper, plastic, metal and glass into four separate streams?
No. European Commission guidance states: “considering that the aim of separate collection is high quality recycling, the introduction of a separate collection system is not necessary if the aim of high quality recycling can be achieved just as well with a form of co-mingled collection.”
How we can help
Julius Rutherfoord, can provide high quality Mixed Recycling collection services. We use specialist waste management suppliers such as First Mile, and modern recovery facilities which separate material to a high standard.
Source-separated recycling is only advised if it is Technically, Environmentally, and Economically Practicable (TEEP). It is not technically practicable due to site constraints (lack of space for multiple bins), congested streets and a requirement for daily collections in London. It is not environmentally practicable due to increased CO2 emissions as more vehicles are required. By collecting several materials at the same time we are reducing the number of collection vehicles required and therefore collections will have a lower environmental and economic impact.
Click here for more information about our waste management services. Alternatively, call us on 020 7819 6700 and we will happily assist.
Advice provided by First Mile