The amount of UK household rubbish which has been rejected for recycling has increased by a staggering 84% over the past 4 years.
Councils are saying that they are working hard to try and stop people from putting the wrong items in bins as the cost of re-sorting is stated as the primary reason that a lot of local authorities are rejecting recycled waste. The Freedom of Information Request found that 97% of the rejected waste is being either destroyed or sent to landfill (based on the most recent year for which figures are available).
There seems to be some confusion on what can and what cannot be recycled.
Can be recycled
Cannot be recycled
Noting that what can be collected from households varies from council to council and many other items, such as textiles, plastic bags, electronics and batteries, can be recycled at designated centres.
A spokesman for the Local Government Association stated, "In the past decade, councils and residents have worked together to radically increase recycling and divert millions of tonnes of waste from landfill […]. The problem is there is widespread confusion over what can and cannot be recycled. If just one non-recyclable item is included with recyclable items, the whole bin is effectively contaminated. Councils then have to re-sort it, which is time consuming and very expensive.”
While the country has seen major progress being made in boosting recycling rates, more needs to be to educate the population and find newer ways of sorting.
All Green Motion car hire locations worldwide have designated recycling bins to try and encourage customers (as well as staff) to cultivate best practices.