The European Commission has that commingled collections will be allowed under the revised Waste Framework Directive, provided high quality is achieved.
In long-awaited guidance published on Thursday (June 21) which will inform how the legislation is implemented in the UK, the Commission said that commingled collections can count towards the Directive's requirement for member states to introduce separate collections of paper, metals, glass and plastics by 2015 provided they generate similar quality.
Although not legally binding, the guidance backs up the stance taken by Defra and the Welsh Government in seeking to allow commingling. It is expected pave the way for the governments to publish their amended Waste (England and Wales) Regulations 2011 in the coming weeks alongside UK-specific guidance.
The Commission has in the past indicated that commingled collections are acceptable under the Directive, if "high quality recycling” is achieved
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