What does the UK's recycling supply chain need to do?

Recycling is only effective if there is an end market for the material. But is the quality of material collected in the UK inhibiting this market? And if so what needs to change?

We'd like to know what challenges you face when it comes to improving the quantity and quality of UK recycling, who you believe to be responsible, and what steps need to be taken to ensure our materials are valuable both in the UK and in the export markets.


If you could spare a minute or two to answer the following questions, we'll use your answers to work with industry to develop new solutions.

Thank you
The Recycling Association
www.therecyclingassociation.com

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* 1. What best describes your role in the recycling supply chain?

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* 2. When recycling at home, are you confident you know what to recycle and what to throw away?

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* 3. Is contamination a problem?

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* 4. What 3 unrecyclable items or issues cause most contamination?

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* 5. What needs to happen to make recycling easier and more effective?

  Yes No Don't know
Reduce number of materials collected
Improve product design to make them more recyclable
Improve householder education and communication so that people know what to do
Introduce householder fines or penalties for poor performance
Introduce householder rewards or rebates for excellent performance
Focus best practice advice on quality rather than quantity
Increase inspections
Introduce a buddy scheme to help aid understanding and improvements across all areas of the supply chain
Name and shame illegal operators and those that fail to engage with recyclability
Work to a clear standard
More policy and regulation

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* 6. Is the quality of UK recycled materials:

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* 7. Are you easily able to meet UK material quality standards if you:

  Yes No Sometimes
Take material from commercial sources
Take material from household sources
Take material from both sources

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* 8. Are you easily able to meet international material quality standards if you:

  Yes No Sometimes
Take material from commercial sources
Take material from household sources
Take material from both sources

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