Wrap, the waste charity, has launched the start of the second phase of its cross industry project to examine ways to bring greater consistency to household waste and recycling collections in England.
Working with resources minister Rory Stewart, the project has brought together representatives from local authorities, waste management contractors, recyclers, producers and the retail sector to examine opportunities for greater consistency in household collection and recycling services.
Wrap is delivering the project for the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs. Wrap director Marcus Gover, said: “We are looking to develop a vision for England that will offer local authorities a way to recycle greater volumes of higher quality materials whilst reducing costs, delivering good services to residents and supporting growth in the recycling sector.
“It won't be a ‘one size fits all' solution and we want to work with local authorities, to demonstrate the business case for change.
“This is not just about what local authorities do though, all parts of the value chain have a role to play in achieving greater consistency and improving recycling.”
The project will look at the potential to rationalise collections around three main systems, a move which would also offer an opportunity to standardise collection containers used, subject to accommodating different housing types.
Other plans include working with demonstrator local authorities and wider supply chain initiatives.
Resources minister Rory Stewart said: “Recycling is really important for our economy and environment and I'm pleased to see the great progress underway to look at reducing the number of collection systems across England.
“I urge the whole waste sector to work together with us over the coming years to deliver greater consistency in the way we recycle. The work by Wrap will eventually mean everyone across the country will be clear on what and how they can recycle.”