Recycling in Europe

Recycling and Waste European Union Directive

This European directive is binding on European local authorities, saying they must move to ‘separate’ kerbside sorting methods after 31 December 2014.

Previously, many European local authorities allow people to put all their recycling in the same container, to be sorted later.

These European local authorities have expressed concern about the potentially dramatic impact that any such change could have on recycling rates, resident participation and costs of altering the service (including containers and vehicles).

We will comply with the statutory requirements and environmental policies of the Welsh Government (WG), as will every other Welsh local authority.

The National or Regional governments are responsible for implementing the requirements of Article 11 (1), paragraph 2, of the revised Waste Framework Directive in their waste strategies for municipal waste in their territories. They determine by statute, policy or financial grant, the eventual method of municipal recycling collection after 1 January 2015.

Many European local authorities monitor their kerbside recycling collection methods. While many believe that co-mingling was the best option prevously, the European local authorities position themselves to adopt to any future change to meet the European Union Directive requirements.

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