UK public ‘confused and concerned about recycling’

The UK public is more confused than ever about how their waste is being recycled and managed. That’s according to a new report from recycling and waste management firm Viridor, […]

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By Jonny Bairstow

The UK public is more confused than ever about how their waste is being recycled and managed.

That’s according to a new report from recycling and waste management firm Viridor, which highlights public frustration with product labelling and recycling collection systems, as well as a lack of confidence in those responsible for managing waste.

It suggests only a quarter of the British public believe all waste that can be recycled is recycled and just 43% are confident they put different waste in the right bins.

The firm suggests this is a result of only 16% of people feeling recycling instruction labels on product packaging are very easy to understand.

It also highlights how two thirds of the public are frustrated that different councils collect and recycle items in different ways, with 71% saying a consistent system across the country would increase recycling rates.