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An overview about RECOUP and the work that we do. Includes an overview of Membership and Project work we have been involved with.

Updated: Oct2020

Options for improving the recycling of black plastic packaging.

2020 Update
Consumer insight research into current 'On The Go' behaviour and initial thoughts about the potential of the introduction of Deposit Return Schemes.

Conducted: 2018
Updated to include guidelines for recyclability of plastic film. Includes RecyClass’ recyclability tables in order to help address the challenge of designing plastic film packaging to give it the greatest chance of being recycled.
How designers and manufacturers can maximise the recyclability of plastic packaging products. Provides detailed
guidance for a variety of polymers, with tables summarising best practice for the main component of the packaging, as well as other components such as lids and labels.
Design tips for making rigid plastic packaging more recyclable.
A selection of case studies based on Recyclability by Design, including:
Items used 'On the Go'; DIY & Gardening;
Rigid Plastics
Infrastructure for the collection of household plastics for recycling in the UK.
A range of Case Studies from Local Authorities and others to showcase practical examples and insight from those delivering ‘on the ground’ services and initiatives. The studies could help and support approaches in future strategy and provide guidance to develop collections and effective communication campaigns.

Last update: July 2020
This report informs and provide context around the design of Her Majesty’s Treasury tax on the production and import of all plastic packaging that doesn’t include at least 30% recycled content.

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