The set of new guidelines will hopefully help to improve the nation’s recycling rate
The Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP) has teamed up with industry associations, local authorities, and waste and recycling firms to develop a new set of guidelines to make kerbside recycling rules clearer for residents and the industry alike.
Following a number of surveys which revealed wide-reaching confusion across England regarding kerbside collection recycling rules, WRAP decided to join forces with other industry leaders to sort out the problem once and for all.
A survey carried out earlier this year by WRAP found that 49% of homeowners knowingly throw away recyclables amongst their general household waste, while two-thirds said they were unsure about what could and could not be recycled.
Thus the creation of the National Recycling Guidelines, published by WRAP on October 12. The new guidelines advise on how to correctly recycle the following materials: plastic, card, paper, cartons, metal, food waste and glass.
The guidelines will also cover the following issues:
- What waste items can and can not be placed in recycling bins/containers
- How to present waste materials for recycling (including washing out and removing lids)
- Why some items cannot be collected for recycling
WRAP hopes that the new guidelines will help improve the country’s municipal recycling rate and also help to improve material quality due to less contamination caused by householder confusion.
Linda Crichton, resource manager at WRAP, said: “… we encourage all organisations to consider the guidelines and adopt the information and messages that are relevant to them. WRAP will keep the guidelines under review and incorporate additional materials and advice as practices and technology develops.”
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