Earlier this year, six members of the Campaign for Real Recycling (CRR) took Defra and the Welsh Government to court over their transposition of the EU-revised Waste Framework Directive, and in particular whether commingled collections should be allowed. On 6th March, the Judge, Mr Justice Hickinbottom, ruled broadly in favour of Defra and the Welsh Government, claiming that their amended Waste Regulations (2011) – which allow for commingled collections when technically, environmentally and economically practically (TEEP) appropriate – now fulfil the Directive’s requirements.
The CRR, of which DS Smith is a member, announced on 25th March that they have decided to “draw a line” under the matter, despite being disappointed with the outcome. It is understood that CRR members are wary of mounting further costly legal action after the judge had indicated that they did not have strong grounds for an appeal.
Prova assisted DS Smith throughout the review process with press statements and industry monitoring. Although DS Smith was naturally disappointed that the judge in this case didn’t support the view that the current interpretation will impact on the quality of recyclate, it continues to campaign for best practice in recycling. Indeed, the Waste Framework Directive 2015 is an opportunity for all to source segregate waste and DS Smith will continue to pursue best practice with its customers in order to get the most from their waste streams.