Assessing the impact of the recent changes to the Waste (England and Wales) Regulations 2011


On 1 October 2012 important changes to the Waste (England and Wales) Regulations 2011 came into force, affecting the duties of waste collection authorities and waste disposal authorities. Some of these changes apply now and others will apply from 1 January 2015. The greatest impact of the recent changes is likely to relate to the collection of waste.

The Regulations transposed the Waste Framework Directive into English law and imposed duties on collection authorities and disposal authorities to follow the waste hierarchy in relation to the collection of waste and the handling of collected waste.

The greatest impact of the recent changes to the Regulations is likely to relate to the collection of waste. The changes arose in light of a judicial review challenge brought by “the Campaign for Real Recycling”, who claimed that the Regulations failed to correctly transpose the Waste Framework Directive. Although the case was adjourned while Defra amended the Regulations, in an attempt to comply with the Waste Framework Directive, the Campaign are continuing to pursue the judicial review and a hearing is scheduled for February 2013…

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