Recycling Incentive Schemes have been around in the UK since 2001
Environmental service providers SERCO commissioned Eunomia Research & Consultancy to explore the effect of incentives and reward schemes on recycling rates in more than 30 local authority across the UK.
Drawing on evidence from the various different recycling and incentives schemes operated by UK councils, the study shows that authorities with recycling incentives schemes recorded an average 8 per cent increase in recycling which was accompanied by a 4 per cent reduction in landfill. A quarter of residents said that recycling incentives encourage them to recycle more whilst 75 per cent of them suggested they are already recycling as much as they can.
Falling broadly into two categories, financial incentives can be rewards or payments made to encourage people to recycle more or dispose less, or charges for the disposal of waste, based either on volume, weight or collection frequency. Incentive schemes have been a fixture on the UK recycling scene since around 2001.
Serco and Eunomia used the 'Nearest Neighbour' concept to establish disposal and recycling trends which benchmarked the performance of the authorities against that of 27 other authorities without reward schemes. Schemes in the London boroughs of Bexley and Lambeth were considered, as well as projects in Wokingham and Caerphilly.
Schemes in the London boroughs of Bexley and Lambeth were considered, as well as projects in Wokingham and Caerphilly.
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