Simplified bin collections for England to boost recycling

Simplified bin collections for England to boost recycling

Business

The UK government has announced a new, simpler approach to recycling in England. The initiative aims to streamline bin collections and improve recycling rates across the country.

Under the new system, all materials - including plastic, metal, glass, paper and card - will be collected together in one bin, making recycling easier for residents. Similarly, food and garden waste will also be allowed to be co-collected. This move eliminates confusion and allows councils to adopt more efficient collection methods tailored to their communities.

Additionally, the government is pushing for more frequent and comprehensive bin collections, with a minimum standard of fortnightly black bin waste collection and weekly food waste collection. These changes aim to prevent waste buildup and maintain clean streets.

Paul Vanston, CEO of the Industry Council for Packaging and the Environment (INCPEN), said: Householders can take this government announcement as a pledge that, wherever we live across the nation, our local councils will all speedily implement recycling collections of the full range of materials that will match on-pack recycling labels citizens rely on for guidance. Those paying the very substantial costs for councils’ local packaging recycling services – especially citizens, brands and retailers – can rightly set high benchmarks of great customer service, superb packaging recycling performance and demonstrable value-for-money being achieved everywhere.

These efforts align with broader initiatives to enhance recycling practices and reduce waste, including recent regulations on single-use plastics and plans for deposit return and extended producer responsibility schemes.

The ban on disposable vapes earlier this year further underscores the government's commitment to environmental protection and public health.

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