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Public concern at scale of household waste - poll

Nearly four in five Britons are worried about the scale of household waste produced in the UK, according to a poll to mark Zero Waste Week.

In the survey of 2,000 UK adults by Populus, 77% said they were either concerned or very concerned – only 7% were not at all concerned.

Zero Waste Week, launched in 2008, commissioned the poll to coincide with its 2017 campaign which this year runs until 8 September.

Rachelle Strauss

400 Rachelle Strauss

Founder Rachelle Strauss (pictured) said: “It’s becoming increasingly clear that the great British public is growing more and more concerned by the amount of waste that ends up in landfill or at the bottom of the ocean.

“This year millions of people around the world are coming together to reduce waste through reuse, recycling and repurposing material so that it can be used for as long as possible.

“It is vital that businesses, governments and citizens come together in a bid to tackle the ticking time-bomb that is household waste.”

Karl Williams, head of the centre for waste management at the University of Central Lancashire, said: “A recent survey has revealed that the vast majority of Brits do care about the amount of waste they produce and what happens to it.

“It’s vital that the Government and industry work together to give consumers the ability to reuse, reduce and recycle the waste they produce.” 

MRW’s own survey on the overall state of the UK waste management industry will be published to coincide with the RWM event at the NEC from 12-14 September.

It will be carried in its entirety, with reaction, in the October issue of MRW.

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