The UK chooses to record household recycling as its official recycling rate figure which it reports to the EU. This is currently flatlining, and action will need to be taken to get things moving again.
Would the recycling rate improve if responsibility for household collections was transferred from local authorities to the private sector?
How helpful do you rate Government plans to harmonise local authority collections as an effective measure to improve recycling rates and material quality?*
Opinions on this issue have become more polarised since last year; the ‘no’ camp gained a significant number of new followers, while the ‘yes’ camp made fewer gains. An increasing number of waste companies are now offering household collections in order to capitalise on any dissatisfaction as councils reduce the frequency of residual services – these include Mick George, Busy Bins, B&M and W&S Recycling.
There has been a clear shift of opinion since 2017, with a significant number of respondents moving out of the ‘not much’ camp. Harmonised collections in England were first mooted by former resources minister Rory Stewart some years ago, and after much work by WRAP and others on the idea we should be seeing the full policy in the resources and waste strategy. Respondents clearly want to get things going.
* Figures may not add up to 100% due to rounding