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.

RECOUP’s Pledge2Recycle Plastics brand launched the Citizen Plastics Recycling Behaviours Insights Survey in October 2020. The survey took the form of an informal questionnaire with images alongside questions on recycling behaviours of key items of plastics packaging such as bottles, pots, tubs, and trays and films and flexibles.
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.

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

A RECOUP and BPF Research report outlining recycled content verification solutions to support the delivery of the Plastic Packaging Tax.


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.

Challenges of the sorting and the collection of small plastic packaging items.
Examining the recyclability of the products used On-the-Go
The UK Household Plastics Collection Survey is an annual report produced by RECOUP which provides a comprehensive review of the collection of household plastics for recycling in the UK.
Data Summary to accompany the full UK Household Plastics Collection Survey 2021 report.
Design tips for making rigid plastic packaging more recyclable.

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.
Summary of the recycling and reprocessing of coloured PET opportunities within the UK



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.

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.
Options for improving the recycling of black plastic packaging.


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.

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



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