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B&M Waste discuss TEEP waste compliancy

Categories: B&M News

In this video, B&M Director Terry Milner discusses the new TEEP regulations which came into force 1st January this year, and opens up a debate that will lead to a clearer understanding of what can be considered a reasonable level of TEEP compliance.

This video will cover

  • What TEEP stands for?
  • What is the purpose of TEEP?
  • Why was TEEP established?
  • What are the problems involved with TEEP?

After watching the video, if you would like to contribute to Terry’s TEEP discussion, you can do so by visiting his Linkedin profile.

What does TEEP stand for?

In relation to the separate collection of waste destined for recovery, TEEP stands for waste segregation where it is ‘Technically, Environmentally and Economically Practicable’ to do so.

What is the purpose of TEEP?

TEEP advocates the segregation of waste into separate fractions should there be…

  • A positive environmental benefit
  • Financial cost that is proportionately comparable to non-segregation
  • Technically practical solutions to segregate waste

Overall, where practical, the waste provider should segregate their waste and the waste collectors should collect it appropriately.

Why was TEEP established?

The legislation was introduced to tackle the high levels of contamination to Dry Mixed Recycling (DMR) that was the result of poor waste segregation. Waste re-processors were finding a great deal of the bales sent to them were either unusable due to cross contamination or were causing damage to their machinery. Poor quality and contaminated recyclates often mean they are no longer recyclable.

In order to improve recycling, the Government put together the TEEP regulations. TEEP outlines that there is a responsibility on waste producers to segregate waste and also a responsibility on third party waste collectors to collect the waste in separate vehicles where possible.

What are the problems with TEEP?

One of the key problems is there is a large degree of ambiguity as to what the TEEP regulations actually call for.

It seems that everybody has their own interpretation of TEEP. This is because one waste producer may have a different facilities available to them for segregation on-site. Also, waste contractors may interpret TEEP differently based on the equipment they possess.

How to make TEEP clearer?

Terry’s goal is to gain a clearer understanding of how both waste producers and waste contractors interpret and comply with TEEP regulations. To achieve this, Terry wishes for anybody who has made their business TEEP compliant, either as a waste producer or waste collector to let him know via his discussion platform on Linkedin. He also calls for the Environmental Agency to contribute to the discussion to clarify what is actually considered to be an acceptable level of TEEP compliance.

After watching the video, if you would like to contribute to Terry’s TEEP discussion, you can do so by visiting his Linkedin profile.

If you feel that your waste streams, or type of waste, may need changing as a result of TEEP, please request a FREE audit using the green ‘Get a Quote’ form at the top right hand of this page or by calling on 0808 100 2434.

 You can also download our free TEEP information sheet here

 

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