DEFRA announces recycling reforms

The Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA) has announced simpler recycling collections and tougher regulation to reform the waste system.

It is hoped that reforms to household and business bin collections and a crackdown on unscrupulous waste carriers will boost recycling rates and protect the environment.

A new simpler approach to recycling will mean that people across England will be able to recycle the same materials at home, work or school.

By 2026, weekly collections of food waste will be introduced for most households.

The government is also proposing new exemptions to make sure that waste collectors will be able to collect dry recyclables together, in the same bin or bag, and collect organic waste together, to reduce the number of bins required.

Environment secretary Therese Coffey said: "Simpler recycling will help us all recycle more easily, doing our bit to help save the planet and make the best use of precious resources that we use every day.

"Alongside weekly food waste collections, we are ending the postcode lottery of what you can put in your bin so that wherever you live in the country, you will be able to recycle the same products with confidence.

Environment minister Rebecca Pow said: "Our ambitious plans will help every household, business, school and hospital in the country to recycle more. We have listened to councils and come up with a system that will increase recycling in a way that does not clutter our pavements with numerous bins and smelly food waste collections for weeks, making recycling simpler and more effective.

"This will help us to make the most of our finite and precious resources, while reducing carbon emissions and protecting our precious environment from harmful waste.”


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