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Simpler Recycling

Simpler Recycling will reform England’s recycling system, ensuring the same set of materials are recycled, regardless of your location.

Scope:

Glass, metal, plastic, paper and card are among the materials that must be collected in dry recyclable streams.

Crucially, the Government will proceed with an exemption to permit the co-collection of dry recyclables, allowing them to be collected in one recycling bin. Food and garden waste will also be permitted to be co-collected.

In practice, this means that there will always be a minimum of 3 bins – dry recycling, organic waste, and residual (non-recyclable) waste.

Timescales:

By 31st March 2025, Simpler Recycling will require the collection of the same materials from all non-household municipal premises (such as hospitality businesses).

Micro firms (businesses with fewer than 10 full-time employees) will be required to collect these materials by 31st March 2027.