New recycling guidelines have been developed with local authorities, waste management companies and re-processors to tackle the continued confusion in UK households around what items can and cannot be recycled.
The guidelines cover paper, card, mixed paper and card, plastic bottles, mixed plastic packaging, glass containers, metal packaging, cartons and food and include:
- What items can and cannot be collected for recycling
- Contaminants that are often included
- How the materials should be presented e.g. lids on/off
- Reasons why certain items cannot be accepted or should be presented in a certain way
The guidelines reflect what, at a national level, industry is aiming to achieve. They have been developed based on existing technology and will be reviewed overtime as innovations in sorting and reprocessing are realised.
For more information please visit www.wrap.org.uk/sites/files/wrap/Recycling%20guidelines.pdf