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October 31, 2023

DEFRA announces details of simpler recycling plan

After several years of debate DEFRA have announced its long awaited mandate for Simpler Recycling, streamlining the household collections of glass, metal, plastic, paper and card, as well as food and garden waste. Councils in England will be required to meet these requirements by April 2026.

Following an initial consultation with both councils and households DEFRA listened to the concerns raised around too many bins littering the streets and adjusted the mandate to introduce Simpler Recycling. This new directive promotes a streamlined approach to recycling addressing the confusion over what can and can’t be recycled in different parts of the country.

In addition to collecting all dry-mixed recycling in one container local authorities will also be required to introduce household collection of organic waste and as part of a commitment ‘to reduce the number of bins required’, garden and food waste may be collected together.

Environment Secretary Therese Coffey commented: “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.”

You can read the full Government report here


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