Greater consistency in household recycling: summary of local authority business cases

21st November 2017

A summary of pilot projects looking at the local business case for adopting common service profiles consistent with the Framework for greater consistency in household recycling in England.

Seven groups of local authorities were recruited for the pilots
The outputs of this review have helped inform an ongoing programme of support for local authorities considering changes to their service provision

WRAP published the Framework for Greater Consistency in Household Recycling in England and supporting Evidence and Analysis in September 2016. The Framework sets out a vision for greater consistency in household recycling whereby:

“..by 2025 packaging is designed to be recyclable, where practical and environmentally beneficial, and is labelled clearly to indicate whether it can be recycled or not; and every household in England can recycle a common set of dry recyclable materials and food waste, collected in one of three different ways. “

As part of the Framework's 5-point Action Plan, WRAP committed to support six groups of local authorities to evaluate the local business case for adopting the consistency Framework, testing the findings of the national modelling. The results of these pilots projects are explained in this report. 

Andrew Bird, Head of Recycling and Fleet Services at Newcastle-Under-Lyme Borough Council, said of the pilots: 

“Working with WRAP on a pilot for testing the business case for consistency at a local level has been highly effective for the Staffordshire Waste Partnership, particularly in how to look at shaping our collective services moving forward. The in-depth work undertaken has provided us with invaluable information upon which we can make properly informed decisions to improve the efficiency of our services and raise levels of recycling. 

“While the results won’t deliver immediate change, the partnership has a number of contracts pending in the next few years, as well as service reviews for in-house services. Additionally the partnership will shortly be starting work on its next Joint Municipal Waste Strategy. The work and findings of the pilot programme will feature heavily in our direction of travel over the coming decade.” 

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