Improving recycling in 2019 and beyond

Improving recycling in 2019 and beyond

At Amberol we are committed to helping improve on-the-go recycling rates with our versatile range of WRAP-approved indoor and outdoor recycling bins. However, although it’s very important to recycle when out and about, most waste is generated at home. With this in mind, we are pleased to see the new plans outlined in the government’s Resources and waste strategy for England

Making recycling more straightforward 

At the moment, recycling across England is a postcode lottery with different materials being recyclable in different places and the quality of recycling provision varying from area to area. For example, a handful of English councils recycle 13-15 types of plastic but Rotherham and Tonbridge & Malling councils do not currently recycle any plastics at all. 

In order to meet government targets of recycling 50% of household waste by 2020, it has been identified that council policies need to be brought in line with one another. At the moment, some councils ask householders to separate plastic waste while others do not. Also, the fact that some plastic items can only be recycled in certain places (for example black plastic can only be recycled in 22% of areas), makes it difficult for manufacturers to label their products clearly and correctly. Indeed, research found that 47% of households have had disagreements about which plastics can be recycled. 

Reducing greenhouse gases 

At the moment many councils charge for the environmentally-friendly disposal of garden waste. It is thought that by scrapping the fee, less garden waste will end up in landfill where it produces methane, a powerful greenhouse gas. 

Food waste in landfill is another major producer of greenhouse gases so there are plans to introduce caddies for food waste in areas where they are not already available. Although using a food caddy will not be compulsory, households will be strongly encouraged to use one to reduce the amount of food waste ending up in landfill. 

Making business accountable 

Measures to make the manufacturers of the goods that damage the environment take responsibility for and reduce the waste they produce include: 

  • Making industry pay for the disposal of products ranging from drinks cartons to cars, with higher fees applicable to items that are more difficult to recycle or reuse. 
  • Introducing electronic tracking of white goods that are taken away for disposal to ensure they are not illegally dumped. 
  • Incentivising manufacturers to produce products that will last longer and be more easily repaired. 

The return of the bottle deposit 

People of a certain age will remember receiving their deposit back when they returned their glass fizzy drinks bottle. There are also plans to encourage re-use of drinks containers including coffee cups, by reintroducing this kind of system. This will be a welcome addition to schemes operated by large coffee chains such as Costa Coffee involving recyclable cups and discounts for those who use a reusable cup. 

Improving recycling rates in your area 

Amberol’s recycling bins are suitable for use in a vast range of public places, both inside and outside. To find out more, please call 01773 830930 or email sales@amberol.co.uk

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