Judicial review of government’s transposition of EU Waste Framework Directive dismissed

It has been held that commingled collections of paper, metal, plastic and glass are compliant with the requirements of the EU Waste Framework Directive and can continue to be carried out by local authorities provided the quality of the material collected does not compromise high-quality recycling or the overall aims of the directive — to preserve the environment and protect human health.

The claimants, the Campaign for Real Recycling (CRR) (who comprise a number of UK reprocessers) had argued that the ‘legal heart’ of the case was the differing interpretation of the Directive, while the ‘factual heart’ was the desire of waste management companies to maintain a regime whereby materials are collected together at the kerbside and separated at materials recycling facilities to the financial benefit of those firms…

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