More than half of UK businesses perceive lack of government support for recycling

Written by: Maddie Ballard | Published:
Almost two-thirds (60%) of UK businesses feel a lack of government incentives is a factor in not recycling more

Over half (53%) of UK businesses say they get minimal or no government support on recycling, reveals a new study by Rubbermaid Commercial Products (RCP).

The report, The Changing Face of Commercial Recycling in the UK, is based on a survey of 534 businesses in the UK.

Other key findings include that 60% of UK businesses feel a lack of government incentives is a factor in not recycling more.

Almost all (99%) UK businesses expect the government to provide increased education for businesses, incentives to drive more recycling, and sanctions for companies that do little.

Additionally, nearly half (43%) of UK companies also cite a lack of shareholder engagement as a reason for not recycling more, while 49% see cost as a barrier.

Only 29% of businesses say they actively promote their recycling policies and performance in marketing.

However, the vast majority of UK respondents believe commercial recycling will become more important for UK businesses in the future (95%), that their spending on recycling will increase (93%), and that more efficient businesses recycle more waste (94%).

Almost all UK businesses (93%) agree that smarter recycling can reduce operational costs.

RCP, a cleaning and waste supplies business, plans to release sector-based figures from the same data later this year.

Emilio Capelli, vice president at Rubbermaid Commercial Products EMEA, said, ”As we take a deeper dive into the data gathered during our commercial recycling and waste management research, we find many businesses have good intentions, but implementation is falling behind.

“The virtually unanimous support for greater government leadership reflects a growing desire from all sectors for better infrastructure as a means of supporting improved recycling operations."


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