Recycling Consistency “Still Priority”, Says WRAP

07-08-151picWRAP’s work on consistency in England’s household recycling is still a priority for WRAP and Defra, WRAP announced.

Recycling consistency guidance for local authorities was set to be published yesterday (20 July), but with the replacement of Rory Stewart at Defra – who has been keen to drive the consistency issue – with Therese Coffey, WRAP has pushed this back to later in the year.

A WRAP spokesperson said in a statement yesterday (20 July): “Following the ministerial reshuffle, the publication of our work on greater consistency in household recycling in England is now expected later this year.

“Improving consistency in household recycling is still very much a priority for WRAP and Defra and we continue to work closely in this area.”

“Improving consistency in household recycling is still very much a priority for WRAP and Defra and we continue to work closely in this area.”

By considering a more consistent approach in England it’s hoped the public will have a clearer idea about what can and can’t be recycled, as well as improve the quality of the recyclate collected.

The project comes in response to stagnating recycling figures in England, which is currently recycling 44% of household waste.

An EU household recycling target of 50% by 2020 has helped to drive councils’ effort in recycling, or risk fines. With the UK now set to leave the EU, whether those targets will still apply is yet to be determined.

In light of Brexit, Defra also announced recently that its intended 25 year environmental plan would be delayed and will not be published this year.

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