Difficult to recycle products and materials

12th August 2019

Increasing recycling rates can be achieved either by increasing the capture of products that are already widely collected and recycled, or by providing collections and recycling routes that are not commonly recycled, or that are not recycled at all. 

This project examines the latter; those materials and products which are currently 'difficult to recycle' in the UK. The project aims to identify what those materials are, and to explore some potential solutions to reduce their prevalence in the waste stream. 

The following products are covered in the report:

  • Card and paper
  • Hazardous materials, e.g. lightbulbs, disposable nappies
  • Miscellaneous, e.g. wood/metal furniture, ceramics
  • Glass
  • Textiles
  • Plastics
  • Organic