‘Introduction to TEEP’ Regulation

Circular Economy

This introduction is intended to give you the basics to help keep you compliant and minimise the risk of your business receiving TEEP fines and penalties.*

‘TEEP’ (Technically, Environmentally and Economically Practicable) refers to legislation which came into effect on 1st January 2015[1] whereby all businesses operating in the UK are required to introduce separate collections of recyclables (paper and card, metals, glass and plastic) when ‘technically, environmentally and economically practical’ (TEEP).

TEEP was developed to encourage businesses and homes, if not already doing so, to separate waste streams on-site. The aim is to support the move towards a more circular economy and improve the quality of waste collection.

TEEP applies to all waste and failure to comply may result in fines for your business.

As of 1st January 2015, four waste streams will need to be separated where technically, environmentally and economically practicable. These four streams are:






 Paper  Metal  Glass  Plastic

The aim of the regulation is to improve waste transparency, and increase recycling quality and quantity in order to give better confidence to purchasers further down the re-processing chain and support the move towards a more circular economy.

According to the Environmental Services Association, the UK waste industry’s trade body, “UK regulators will want to see at least a commingled recycling collection (addressing the four stated waste streams) and a general waste collection.”[2] Therefore, you will be expected, at a minimum, to separate these two main groups (that is general waste and recyclables) and where appropriate to separate these streams further into separate recyclables. TEEP applies to all waste and failure to comply may result in fines for your business.

The clean dry materials can be collected as a ‘comingled’ or ‘mixed recycling’ collection, but sometimes dry waste streams will need to be separated. This will depend on the requirements from your waste collector.




In the hospitality industry, this means separating food waste from these clean dry materials which can be recycled” -

Policy Director at the BHA




The BHA suggests contacting your waste collector and asking them for written information on TEEP collection streams. Knowing what is expected of you and having it in writing will help you to comply and avoid fines. It is the waste collector’s responsibility to ensure that they comply with the TEEP Regulation. However, the expectation is that your business will face fines and increased costs from your waste collector if you are not taking steps to separate these four waste streams.

If you want to double check that you are complying then do ask your waste collector, however, if they haven’t told you about any changes then it is likely that you are already disposing correctly. Nonetheless, be alert to changes so you can do your part to support the environment and avoid fines.


The BHA is here to help you comply. Contact lucy@bha.org.uk for more assistance on separating your food waste from dry recyclables in order to aid waste collectors to re-process waste more efficiently, maximising recycling and help the UK reduce waste to landfill.

As an added resource, the BHA has SWR Ltd on call to help you. For more information on TEEP please contact Jane at SWR at jdennyson@swrwastemanagement.co.uk

SWR is an innovative waste management company with services specifically designed to meet challenges faced by the hospitality industry. They can help your business to manage waste costs and improve recycling and environmental performance.

Don’t waste time, we’ll help you to sort out TEEP.

[1] The ‘TEEP’ Regulation came from the EU revised Waste Framework Directive, which was transposed into law through the Waste (England and Wales) Regulations 2014.

[2] SITA, http://www.sita.co.uk/services-and-products/local-authority-customers/refuse-recycling-collection/teep


*This information is provided by the British Hospitality Association. The content is provided for general information only and must not be used for giving legal or other professional advice. Whilst every care has been taken to ensure the accuracy of content, the authors accept no responsibility for loss or consequential loss occasioned to any person acting or refraining from action as a result of any statement in it.


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