Budget cuts hit nearly half of local authority waste and recycling collection services

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The report found 47% of local authorities have been hit with cuts to waste and recycling collections and communications

Budget cuts for local authority waste and recycling collections and communications hit 47% of local authorities in 2017, says RECOUP UK.

The plastics recycling charity’s annual UK Household Plastics Collection Survey has revealed that quality of material is also a cause for concern for many local authorities.

They put the poor quality material down to consumer confusion from conflicting national media messages, language barriers and people “just not getting it”.

Currently there are four UK local authorities which do not provide a kerbside recycling service, yet all of these aim to introduce a service by 2019.

Yet nearly half (49%) are planning a communication about plastics recycling, with 91% targeting reducing contamination in their communications.

From the 527,010 tonnes of plastics packaging collected from UK households in 2017, 59% was plastic bottles and 33% was pots, tubs and trays.

Steve Morgan, RECOUP technical manager, said: “With volatile export markets the drive for quality is needed throughout the plastics recycling value chain.

“There are still nearly 600,000 tonnes of rigid plastics packaging that could be collected for recycling, but the consumer is often unaware how they can make a difference by their individual actions, both by what plastics packaging they can recycle in their local area and how to present it for recycling.”

RECOUP will continue its national plastics recycling initiative under the new named Pledge 2 Recycling Plastics, provide resources and supporting consumer communications across the UK.

Click here to view the survey.

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