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.

Why greater consistency?

A framework for greater consistency

This ambitious voluntary framework outlines the opportunities for greater consistency in household recycling in England.

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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.

Benefits to:

Achieving greater consistency

An industry solution for a complex challenge:

The case for greater consistency in household recycling summarises the analysis and key supporting evidence that underpins the Framework and vision for greater consistency in household recycling:

Learn more about the evidence

Change is happening now

Find out more about the organisations who are already benefitting from consistency:

Case study 1: Recycling collections in Somerset
Case study 2: Recycling collections in East and Mid Kent
Case study 3: Recycling collections in County Durham