Casepak, like much of the recycling industry, has been following closely the government’s plans to enforce changes upon waste operators, resulting in local authorities and waste collectors needing to comply with stricter TEEP (technically, environmentally or environmentally practical) regulations.
TEEP is nothing new and Casepak has been producing TEEP compliant outputs since the initiative was launched in 2015. However, in February 2019 the Waste Strategy consultation document highlighted the need to increase recycling material quality by tackling contamination and low-quality output.
The new changes state that local authorities that provide either fully commingled or partially commingled services (in the form of dual stream collections) will need to demonstrate that change to separate collection is either not necessary or not feasible.
Failing that, authorities will need to enforce service changes which at a minimum means separately collecting both glass and paper/card material streams
Indeed, a separate stream to collect glass only would be welcome, however, it is more important that material is clean and dry before it enters the recycling stream. Washing glass containers and jars so that they are free of any traces of food or drink, is one of the ways in which contamination can be easily avoided.
This is a message we are pushing with the councils we work with.
Longer-term a consistent collection method across the UK where householders avoid angst and confusion over what material can and can’t be recycled. This would be the ideal scenario.