2022 Defra Response to Collections Consistency and DRS

2022 Collections Consistency and DRS Response

Defra is set to publish its response to the deposit return scheme (DRS) and consistency in household and business recycling consultations at the end of the year, according to Dr Barbara Leach, Defra’s head of resources and waste strategy evaluation.

Dr Leach spoke at the Local Authority Recycling Advisory Committee (LARAC) Conference in Birmingham on the 5th of October about the changes that producers and local authorities can expect describing them as “one of the most ambitious strategies since the early 2000s”.

Consistency of Collections

Consistency of collections is part of Defra’s Resources and Waste Strategy which also encompasses the launch of DRS and an extended producer responsibility (EPR) system.

Under Defra’s plans for consistent collections, there will be mandated separate material collections with six recyclable waste streams including food, garden waste, plastic, glass, paper, and cardboard.

Leach said of the plans “we’re hoping that it will increase participation and reduce contamination”.

Local Authorities will assess the efficacy of their implementation of the separated collection schemes using Defra’s technically, environmentally, and economically practicable (TEEP) assessment. Defra will be consulting on the statutory guidance provided for TEEP. Further assistance will be provided by a tool being developed by WRAP to help complete the assessment.

Deposit Return Schemes (DRS)

A DRS aims to reduce litter, increase the quantity and quality of material collected and transition from a linear to a circular economy. Questions regarding which materials should be included in a DRS have been contentious among recycling trade bodies, retailers, and legislators. The upcoming publication is set to dispel any confusion or uncertainty for all stakeholders.

We will keep all members informed as and when further guidance is published. If you have any questions in the meantime, please do not hesitate to contact our team.


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