Paper and card recycling is the backbone of most kerbside recycling schemes. Improving the quality and quantity of paper and card recycled is good for the environment, good for your council taxpayers and good for British manufacturing that uses high-quality recovered paper to produce high-quality recycled papers and cardboard – building the circular economy.
Research by WRAP, supported by a multi-sector advisory group, identified consistency of recycling collections as an important future development – to reduce public confusion about what can be recycled and to increase the efficiency of recycling schemes.
Their analysis indicated that moving to multi-material kerbside sorting could deliver net financial benefits to local authorities of up to £400 million over eight years, adding up to seven percentage points to the national recycling rate and returning up to £478 million of materials into the economy as dry recyclables.
If the challenges identified here encourage you to look again at your recycling service, we can help you re-evaluate the potential for separately collected paper and card to maintain the backbone of a viable, high-quality recycling collection.