Consultation outcome

Waste and recycling: making recycling collections consistent in England

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Detail of outcome

We received 1713 responses to this consultation. The government response sets out our next steps. We will work with local authorities, waste management businesses and others to develop more detailed regulations and guidance for implementing consistency in recycling. We expect the measures to come into effect from 2023.

Read the updated policy statement on the progress of the Environment Bill.

Original consultation


Seeking views on plans to make local authorities collect the same kind of materials for household recycling and on improving how businesses recycle in England.

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Consultation description

We want to know what you think about our plans to make recycling collections consistent across England. Local authorities would collect the same kind of materials from households, such as:

  • plastic
  • glass
  • metal
  • paper
  • cardboard

They would also have separate food and garden waste collections. This will help to reduce confusion about what can be recycled.

We also want views on changes to require businesses to separate their recyclable waste from residual waste for collection. We know that many businesses, particularly smaller ones, find waste disposal expensive. We’re seeking views on making waste disposal more cost effective while at the same time increasing the amount of recycling collected from businesses.

Published 18 February 2019
Last updated 23 July 2019 + show all updates
  1. Added the summary of responses (part 1: individuals and part 2: organisations) and government response.

  2. First published.