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U.K. Enacts its First National Recycling Guidelines

They are designed to help make it easier for households in the U.K. to recycle and reduce the amount of material getting tossed into incorrect bins.

The waste and recycling industry in the U.K. has come together to produce its first ever set of Recycling Guidelines. The guidelines were published by WRAP. They are designed to help make it easier for households in the U.K. to recycle and reduce the amount of material getting tossed into incorrect bins.

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WRAP’s 2016 Recycling Tracker Survey found that two-thirds of UK households (66%) expressed uncertainty about how to correctly dispose of one or more items and almost half (49%) admitted to disposing of one or more items in the residual bin when they are collected for recycling in their area.

As such the guidelines have been designed to help reduce confusion amongst householders across England, Scotland and Wales and help ensure that all items that can be recycled are being collected for recycling. Key information and messages included in the guidelines can be incorporated in targeted and strategic communications to help increase recycling, reduce contamination and realise savings across the whole supply chain.

The guidelines cover paper, card, cartons, metal, plastic and glass packaging, and food waste and for each material outline:

1. What items can be included in a collection and what should not;

2. How the materials should be presented for recycling (i.e. rinsing, lids on/off); and

3. Concise reasons why certain items cannot be accepted or should be presented in a particular way.

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