UK Household Plastics Collection Survey 2019

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.

All Local Authorities in the UK are surveyed in an online questionnaire about many key areas affecting their operations and as such the Survey provides a comprehensive review of the collection of household plastics for recycling in the UK, and the opportunities and challenges facing Local Authorities and waste management providers.

As well as reporting on the progress of Local Authority collections, the 2019 Survey reports on the political and regulatory environment around plastics and plastic recycling; use of a Deposit Return Scheme; the potential use of chemical recycling; and the impact of litter, waste and disposal ‘On the Go’ on Local Authorities and their communities.

There are more complex data considerations around the 2019 report:

  • NEW plastic packaging Placed on the Market (POM) data;
  • BETTER UNDERSTANDING of the composition of data reported as ‘mixed plastics’; and,
  • ESTIMATING plastic film collection rates for the first time.

RECOUP has worked particularly closely with its waste management company members to estimate the composition of collected plastics to provide the best possible and most realistic representation of the data, which includes an estimate of plastic film collections.



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