UK recycling policy has stalled. The current outdated, expensive, stagnating system wastes £1.7 billion in resource value every year, and stops companies from investing in and sourcing recycled content from the UK.
We have researched how a better system, focused on realising value in materials, could work. We advocate two ways government could address the structural factors blocking a more circular economy for discarded materials from emerging in the UK, and how this could unlock opportunities for remanufacturing and reuse.
Read our report: Wasted opportunities: smarter systems for resource recovery