Houses of Multiple Occupation (HMOs): Barriers to improving recycling

23rd June 2020

Making it easier for people who live, work, learn in or visit cities and other dense urban environments to recycle, is a priority for government and local delivery partners. 

Urban areas often have lower household recycling rates than the national average and research indicates this is due in part to the presence of high-density housing and flats.

As well as traditional flats and apartments, Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO) also exist whereby properties may be let to several tenants who are not members of the same family, presenting a wider range of barriers to recycling in terms of citizen and landlord engagement and service provision.
 
WRAP’s Houses of Multiple Occupation (HMOs): Barriers to improving recycling report suggests ways in which local authorities can improve engagement with key stakeholders in order to effectively increase recycling from HMOs, by considering: the relevant legislation; the operation and management of HMOs; and the barriers to recycling from both the residents and landlords' perspective.
 
The Recycling in London’s HMOs report produced by Resource London and WRAP provides the details of ethnographic research carried out into recycling from London HMOs and covers what it is like to live in an HMO, the barriers to recycling and the further opportunities that can be developed to encourage residents in HMOs to recycle more.