Making recycling work for people in flats

A research project on recycling in London’s purpose-built flats shows that actions such as cleaning up dirty, dark bin areas, making sure bins are emptied regularly, and ensuring bins can take a full bag of recyclables, improve recycling behaviour in flats.

Resource London set up this two-year project in partnership with housing association Peabody and six inner London boroughs to better understand the barriers to recycling for people who live in purpose-built flats and discover what practical measures could be taken by housing providers, building managers and service providers to help overcome them.

An in-depth ethnographic study with residents in blocks of flats and estates around London was carried out as part of the research. The recycling in reality report outlines the barriers and opportunities facing people when recycling in flats.

Read recycling in reality report