Survey of Waste Glass Collection & Recycling Arrangements in UK Local Authorities

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1. SUMMARY OF RESEARCH OBJECTIVES

The purpose of the study is to inform WRAP of the range of contractual arrangements for waste container glass collection and recycling adopted by local authorities throughout the UK.

The key objectives are:

  • To further WRAP’s understanding of the waste container glass supply chain, in particular with regard
    to collection of waste container glass for recycling and delivery to reprocessors. This covers all
    modes of collection, including bottle bank type operations, segregated kerbside collection and nonsegregated kerbside collection, where the glass is collected with other wastes and separated at a
    material recycling facility.

To ascertain the attitudes of local authorities towards:

  • their own contractual arrangements for container glass collection;
  • the use of contracts in glass recycling activities; and
  • alternatives (eg good practices identified by this study) to their existing contractual
    arrangements for container glass collections.

To inform WRAP of ways they could help local authorities improve contracts for glass collection and
recycling

2. INTRODUCTION

Enviros Consulting has been commissioned by WRAP to conduct and interpret a survey of waste glass collection and recycling arrangements in local authorities. The purpose of the study is to inform WRAP of the range of contractual arrangements for waste container glass collection and recycling adopted by local authorities throughout the UK.

This report explains the methodology, who took part in the survey, and the findings. It concludes with recommendations on ways WRAP could work with local authorities to develop their glass collections and recycling contracts and arrangements, based on the comments of the study respondents.

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