A framework for

greater consistency
in household recycling
in England

Bringing together local authorities, the waste management industry and retailers to increase the quantity and quality of material collected for recycling.

The vision

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. Every household in England can recycle a common set of dry recyclable materials and food waste, collected in one of three different ways.

Benefits of greater consistency

Recycling has become an everyday activity for many households but we now need to build on this progress and make it easier for households to recycle more.

By making it more effective for councils and others to provide services, and improve the quantity and quality of materials, we can work together to bring about a step change in recycling rates and fully realise the value of recycled materials.

Greater consistency can contribute to this and bring a number of key benefits nationally. The benefits are calculated over an eight-year period 2018 to 2025 and are cumulative.

Working together to achieve greater consistency

An industry solution for a complex challenge:

Change is happening now

Consistency in plastics packaging

Consistency case studies:

Recycling collections in Somerset
Recycling collections in East and Mid Kent
Recycling collections in County Durham Recycling collections in Cheshire West & Chester Assessing the Cost and Performance of Waste Collection Scenarios Comparing the Performance and Cost of Collection Schemes Assessing Costs and Performance of Different Collections Scenarios Reviewing Household Waste and Recycling Services