Consumers are confused and frustrated with current recycling systems in the UK.
Waste management firm Viridor’s survey of 1,500 people revealed a majority of people don’t understand how or why councils have certain waste policies.
Around 78% of people are frustrated that different councils recycle different things and 73% want to know what happens to their waste.
More than half (63%) of those questioned are also frustrated different councils collect waste in different ways and at different times.
Viridor’s ‘Recycling Index’ states barriers include a lack of consumer knowledge, a lack of council consistency and a lack of transparency about where waste ends up.
It suggests consumers want to increase recycling rates, with a majority of them (64%) believing household waste can be recycled by 2020 – current rates stand at around 44.3%.
Despite recycling levels making strong progress in the last decade, household rubbish rejection rate for recycling has increased by 84%.
Dan Cooke, Director of Communications & External Affairs at Viridor said: “The UK’s recycling policy remains largely based on out-dated assumptions about resources which reinforce old-school waste management contracts and waste collections, based on authority boundaries that are not representative of the value of resources to the national economy.”