Does recycling really go to landfill: new consultation

Government in England is determined to increase consistency in recycling to reduce confusion in the materials that can be collected for recycling at kerbside, and to address the urban myth that much of the “recycling” carefully separated out by households ends up in landfill anyhow.

The new consultation details specific policy proposals for increasing consistency in recycling collected from households, businesses and other organisations. Government, specifically the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), wants to know what people think about the materials included in each recyclable waste stream, exemptions, statutory guidance and transition timelines for local authorities and businesses. 

The questions in the online survey are designed to be answered with reference to the consultation document which can be found as an attachment at the bottom of the page.

This consultation will close on 4th July 2021.

Other consultations taking place

DEFRA are also consulting for a second time on adjacent policy proposals as part of the collection and packaging reforms: for Introducing Extended Producer Responsibility for packaging across the UK and introducing a Deposit Return Scheme in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Links to these consultations can be found below.

These consultations with close on 4th June 2021. 

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