The Household Waste Collection Commitment

WRAP’s household waste collection commitment worked with local authorities to make a commitment to the first set of principles for a good waste and recycling service based on the views of the public. 

What was the aim?

The Commitment aimed to help local authorities improve residents' satisfaction with how their rubbish and recycling is collected and ultimately boost recycling rates.

Based on research on residents' views about what they like and dislike about their existing services and in consultation with local authorities, the Household Waste Collection Commitment sets out in plain English the principles which should underpin domestic waste and recycling collection services.

Read the report >>
Download the resource pack >>

Who signed up?

Over 108 councils signed up to the Commitment, working collaboratively to improve recycling rates through best practice.

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Case studies

From the 108 councils taking part, WRAP developed case studies with three councils across the country to understand the improvements made by local authorities across the country, through implements the principles set out in the Household Waste Collection Commitment:

Mole Valley District Council >>
Somerset Waste Partnership >>
London Borough of Hackney >>

What’s happening today?

The Household Waste Collection Commitment is not currently open for sign-ups. However, the knowledge and resources developed by the Commitment are in use by a number of new and exciting initiatives aimed at increasing the rates of food collection and improving the consistency of recycling collections throughout England:

Making more consistent collections

WRAP is working with government, local authorities and local communities to bring greater consistency to household waste and recycling collections in England and in turn increase recycling rates across the country.

Make your processes more efficient and consistent by joining WRAP and taking action today:      

WRAP’s Collections Consistency Project >>

Reducing the impact of household food waste

Courtauld 2025 is an ambitious voluntary agreement that brings together organisations across the food system – from producer to consumer – to make food and drink production and consumption more sustainable.

Find out how your organisation can reduce food waste by taking action today:

The Courtauld Commitment 2025 >>

Where next?

Want to know more about Collections and Sorting? Take a look at our reports, guides, tools and case studies for further information:

Reports >>
Guides >>
Tools >>
Case studies >>