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Technically, environmentally and economically practicable (TEEP)

The EU revised Waste Framework Directive (r-WFD) was transposed into UK law through the Waste (England and Wales) Regulation 2012. The r-WFD clarifies key concepts such as the definition of waste, recycling and disposal.  The directive places more emphasis on the waste hierarchy and improving the quality of collected recyclable material that is sent to re-processors.

The Regulations provide that from 1 January 2015 every waste collector and waste collection authority must collect paper, metal, plastic or glass by way of separate collection where it is:

  • necessary to ensure the waste is handled in accordance with the waste hierarchy
  • necessary to ensure that waste is managed without endangering human health and without harming the environment
  • necessary to facilitate or improve recovery
  • technically and environmentally and economically practicable (“TEEP”) to do so.

The council is compliant with the TEEP assessment

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