Recycling in UK
Recycling in UK : A recent survey carried out by Cardiff University shows three quarters of people want the Government to ensure products are recyclable and repairable and almost 90 per cent want all packaging to be recyclable.

Recycling in UK: The UK public want real change on the rubbish that is produced and how it is handled according to the new study. The survey from Cardiff University was conducted with the think tank Green Alliance and is part of a research project for the Centre for Industrial Materials, Energy and Products (CIEMAP), made up of a coalition of universities.


Key survey findings:


  • Nearly 90 per cent of people (87 per cent) think there is a strong or very strong need to shift to a society that uses resources more efficiently. Only 0.4 per cent believe there is no need at all


  • Two thirds (65 per cent) of people are frustrated by products that do not last


  • Three quarters (75 per cent) believe the government should be responsible for ensuring that businesses produce repairable and recyclable products


  • 89 per cent believe all packaging should be made of recyclable materials


  • 81 per cent believe businesses should be required to provide repair, maintenance or disposal support for their products


Mary Creagh MP, chair of the Environmental Audit Committee, said:

“Becoming a resource efficient economy is a vital part of tackling climate change, as this timely report shows. Ministers must use every tool in the box to reduce the amount of plastic we use, and boost recycling rates.”


Caroline Lucas, MP for the Green Party, said:

“There are no shortage of actions the government could take to improve resource use in our economy. The recent IPCC report makes clear that we need urgent and radical policies if we are to prevent climate breakdown and protect the planet for future generations. The solutions are now clear – and this research shows that the public understands the problem and wants government and business to implement the solutions.”


Ben Goldsmith, Chief Executive Officer of Menhaden Capital and Chair of the Conservative Environment Network, said:

“Ensuring that we use raw materials of all kinds much more efficiently will not only save us a great deal of money, and the environment a great deal of needless damage, but it will also create numerous new green industrial jobs. Resource efficiency is the ultimate win-win-win policy, and this report by Green Alliance shows that people overwhelmingly want the government to grasp the opportunity.”


Professor Nick Pidgeon, who led the team conducting the research, said:

“We were surprised by the level of agreement from the many people we surveyed and talked to in our workshops. It was overwhelmingly clear that people aren’t satisfied and want to see change. They really care about this. They want higher quality products and less waste. Improving resource efficiency is an easy win for both the public and the environment.”


Libby Peake, senior policy adviser on resources at Green Alliance, said:

“People are frustrated by unnecessary, unrecyclable packaging and shoddy products that don’t last. The government has a clear mandate from the voting public to make sure these become things of the past. If it gets serious about dealing with this in its forthcoming resources strategy, it will not only be hugely popular with the public but also have a new route to tackling climate change.”






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