Wednesday 9th February 2011 - No Embargo
CRR Will Seek Judicial Review of Defra Inclusion of Comingling in rWFD Transposition
Following the news that draft regulations for implementing the legislation in England and Wales had been laid before Parliament yesterday, the Campaign for Real Recycling declared today that it will seek a judicial review of the inclusion of comingling in the transposition of the European Waste Framework Directive. CRR maintains that the inclusion of comingling is contrary to both the wording and spirit of the rWFD and therefore not a transposition of it.
Mal Williams, Chair of CRR said: “Legal advice we have received suggests that we have a very strong chance of success. We will be questioning Defraís evidence base for the inclusion of comingling. We will also be pointing at the internal inconsistencies within Regulation 12 of the transposition legislation as currently drafted. For a start, there is no definition for comingled material in the reference documents of the rWFD.”
“I canít comment in more detail at this stage. However I can reassure those who want to see value and quality in recycling that we are preparing our case and will be seeking permission for a judicial review to remedy this fudge. Defra has known since last autumn that CRR would pursue a legal course of action should comingling be included in the transposition.”
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