RECOUP Reports

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An overview of RECOUP and the work that the team does. Includes an overview of Membership and Project work.

Updated: Autumn 2021
Options for improving the recycling of black plastic packaging.

Updated: 2020
Understanding the immediate, and longer-term impacts of the global situation of Covid-19 on the UK’s plastic supply, use and waste management sectors.

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

Conducted: 2018
Summary of the recycling and reprocessing of coloured PET opportunities within the UK

Released: October 2020
The latest version of ‘Recyclability by Design’ now includes facts sheets on coloured PET, recyclability of PP, compostables and flexible packaging.

July 2021
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.

Updated: 21Oct2021
Design tips for making rigid plastic packaging more recyclable.

Updated: Nov 2020
This case study highlights selected packaging within the beauty and personal care sector, looking at how items are packaged, what materials are used and how they can be improved.

Updated Oct2020
This case study highlights selected packaging within the DIY sector, looking at how items are packaged, what materials are used and how they can be improved.

Released: April 2021
Examining the recyclability of the products used On-the-Go

Released: March 2021
Challenges of the sorting and the collection of small plastic packaging items.

Released: March 2021
UK Household Plastics Collection Survey, which analyses collection of plastics for recycling from Local Authorities.

The 2021 Survey estimated that 584,000 tonnes of household plastic packaging was collected for recycling in 2020.
The RECOUP UK Household Plastics Collection Survey is a specialist, research-based report for those working in, or making decisions about household plastics waste and the recycled plastics value chain.
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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