RESEARCH AND INNOVATION

Domestic Rented Sector project

The objective of this project was to investigate the opportunities for collaborative working between stakeholders, in order to improve waste management practices within the domestic rented sector.
To achieve this, the project focused on the mechanisms available to:

  • London waste authorities to enact and enforce greater landlord/managing agent responsibility;
  • London waste authorities to enact and enforce greater compliance directly with tenants; and
  • Landlords/managing agents to enact and enforce greater compliance directly with tenants.

The project board included representation from Resource London, LB Lambeth, Liverpool City Council, representing Core Cities, LB Newham, National Landlords Association, Southern Housing Group and ARLA.

The project was jointly funded by Resource London and LEDNET and was delivered under contract by Eunomia Research and Consulting Ltd. Phase 2 of the project commenced on 6 July 2016, and started by considering the legal framework of waste management in the domestic rented sector – identification of key stakeholders and their roles and responsibilities within the waste management process, and definition of key legal powers and duties and how these can be applied.

It then followed on to look at:

  • licensing
  • enforcement
  • chargeable services
  • tenancy agreements
  • waste management processes
  • the ‘how to rent guide’
  • the ‘London Rental Standard’ and
  • communications

Phase 2 was completed in Autumn 2016.

For more information please download the Domestic Rented Sector Project Summary

Recycling Tracker –  UK Report Spring 2016

The Recycling Tracker is an annual survey of UK households, designed to gather evidence on consumers’ current attitudes, knowledge and behaviour in relation to recycling (both dry recyclables/packaging and food).

Here are the key findings from the 2016 survey:

  • Almost half (49%) of UK households dispose of one or more items in the residual bin that are collected for recycling in their area.
  • Just over two-thirds (68%) of UK households add one or more items to their recycling collection that are not accepted locally.
  • The majority of households (88%) have at least some room for improvement, as only one in eight households (12%) do not put any items in the residual bin that could be recycled, nor do they put any items in the recycling that are not accepted.
  • The number of items collected for recycling has an impact on behaviour. The more items collected, the higher the proportion of households which have no room for improvement. By contrast, the fewer items collected, the higher the likelihood that non-targeted materials will be placed in the recycling.
  • Two thirds of households (66%) express uncertainty about how to correctly dispose of one or more items.
  • Just over half of UK households (56%) are mistaken about at least one item they think they are disposing of correctly.
  • There are a number of other barriers to recycling, including a lack of recycling bin capacity, food residue on items and lack of information (i.e. what happens to recycling and what the local benefits are).
  • The proportion of households reporting to use a separate food waste collection varies considerably across the UK. It also varies across age groups – from 24% amongst those aged 18-24 to 43% amongst those aged 65+.
  • Amongst food waste recyclers, a challenge is extending recycling across more items – almost half (49%) say they put some items of food in the residual bin.
  • Amongst non-users, the primary barriers are a perception of the process being messy or smelly, or that it would attract flies/vermin/foxes. Food waste recyclers find participating in the service much less unpleasant than the non-users assume it to be.
  • Whilst gaps remain in householders’ understanding as to why food waste recycling is important, and what happens to it post-collection, small improvements are recorded relative to 2015.

Download the full report here

Recycling behaviours have previously been tracked by WRAP via the Recycle Now tracker and 3Rs (recycling, reuse and repair) tracker. This report draws comparisons with previous surveys where possible.