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Please Note:  This information represents WRAP’s best understanding of the kerbside recycling and residual waste collection schemes offered by UK local authorities. Data was collected between January and March 2018 and was specified to represent the 2017/18 financial year.

In any authority a scheme may not be available to every household. Where an authority operates more than one scheme, each scheme has been included in our analysis. Therefore the total percentages may not add up to 100%.

Other than food and garden waste collections, collections that are offered to a small proportion of households within a Local Authority (less than 5% or fewer than 3,000 households, whichever is lowest) are not included in this analysis.

Household Kerbside Residual Waste Collections

Percentage of local authorities collecting residual waste by frequency 2017/18

 

Weekly 

More Than Weekly 

Fortnightly 

3 Weekly

4 Weekly

England 

43%

4%

77%

 2%

 0%

Wales

5%

0%

77%

 23%

 0%

Scotland

28%

9%

84%

 16%

 3%

Northern Ireland

0%

0%

100%

 0%

 0%

UK

39%

4%

78%

 3%

 <1%

 

 

 

 


Household Kerbside Dry Recycling Collections

Percentage of local authorities collecting each dry material 2017/18

 

Glass 

Cans

Paper 

Card 

Plastic Bottles 

Household Rigid Plastic Packaging (PTT)

Textiles

England

89%

100%

100%

99%

99%

77%

30%

Wales

91%

100%

100%

100%

100%

95%

32%

Scotland

78%

100%

97%

97%

100%

81%

19%

Northern Ireland

100%

100%

100%

100%

100%

100%

64%

UK

88%

100%

99%

99%

99%

79%

30%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Percentage of local authorities operating each dry recycling scheme 2017/18

Definitions

 

 Multi-Stream

Co-Mingled*

Two Stream*

Other

Single Material

No Scheme

England

20%

53%

37%

0%

1%

0%

Wales

59%

32%

9%

0%

0%

0%

Scotland

19%

50%

50%

0%

6%

0%

Northern Ireland

45%

100%

27%

0%

0%

0%

UK

23%

53%

36%

0%

1%

0%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

* with or without a separate textiles stream

Household Kerbside Garden Waste Collections

Percentage of local authorities operating organic collections 2017/18

 

Operate An Organic Scheme* 

Annual Charge For The Organic Scheme 

England 

97%

58%

Wales

100%

50%

Scotland

81%

6%

Northern Ireland

91%

0%

UK

96%

53%

 

 

 

*Food and card waste may also be collected with garden waste

Household Kerbside Food Waste Collections

Percentage of local authorities collecting food waste 2017/18

 

Separate Food Waste 

Food Mixed In Garden Waste

Both Scheme Types

No Food Collection

England

35%

12%

4%

49%

Wales

100%

0%

0%

0%

Scotland

56%

25%

13%

6%

Northern Ireland

9%

55%

36%

0%

UK

39%

14%

6%

41%

 

 

 

 

 

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