Opportunities for greater consistency in collections – work begins on phase two

12th February 2016

WRAP today announced the start of the second phase of its cross industry project to examine ways to bring greater consistency to household waste and recycling collections in England. 

Working closely with Resources Minister Rory Stewart, the project has brought together representatives from local authorities, waste management contractors, recyclers, producers and the retail sector to examine opportunities for greater consistency in household collection and recycling services. WRAP, who is delivering this for Defra, believes this is the first time such an attempt has been made that considers the entire journey our products and packaging take. 

Marcus Gover, Director at WRAP, said: “We are looking to develop a vision for England that will offer local authorities a way to recycle greater volumes of higher quality materials whilst reducing costs, delivering good services to residents and supporting growth in the recycling sector. It won’t be a one size fits all solution and we want to work with local authorities, to demonstrate the business case for change. 

“This is not just about what local authorities do though, all parts of the value chain have a role to play in achieving greater consistency and improving recycling.” 

The first phase considered a range of scenarios, models and different approaches to consistency and areas for further investigation. These will now be taken forward by the advisory group and form the second phase, which will lead to the publication this summer of a vision for greater consistency in collections, what it means for England and the opportunities for different stakeholders.  

Resources Minister Rory Stewart said: “Recycling is really important for our economy and environment and I’m pleased to see the great progress underway to look at reducing the number of collection systems across England.

“I urge the whole waste sector to work together with us over the coming years to deliver greater consistency in the way we recycle. The work by WRAP will eventually mean everyone across the country will be clear on what and how they can recycle.”

Details of the vision will now be developed, but certain elements will be considered further such as a consistent set of materials for recycling; including food waste. And the potential to rationalise collections around three main systems; a move which would also offer an opportunity to standardise collection containers used, subject to accommodating different housing types.  Other work streams include working with demonstrator local authorities and wider supply chain initiatives.


Notes to editors:

WRAP’s vision is a world where resources are used sustainably. It works in partnership with governments, businesses, trade bodies, local authorities, communities and individuals looking for practical advice to improve resource efficiency that delivers both economic and environmental benefits. www.wrap.org.uk @WRAP_UK

Our mission is to accelerate the move to a sustainable resource-efficient economy through: 

  • re-inventing how we design, produce and sell products,
  • re-thinking how we use and consume products, and
  • re-defining what is possible through re-use and recycling.

First established in 2000, WRAP is a registered charity.  WRAP works with UK governments and other funders to help deliver their policies on waste prevention and resource efficiency.  WRAP is a registered Charity No 1159512 and registered as a Company limited by guarantee in England & Wales No 4125764. Registered office at Second Floor, Blenheim Court, 19 George Street, Banbury, Oxon, OX16 5BH.

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Shona O’Donovan, PR Manager - shona.odonovan@wrap.org.uk 01295 819 619


Shona O'Donovan

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