Consistency in Household and Business Recycling in England

Closed 4 Jul 2021

Opened 7 May 2021


Increasing consistency in recycling will reduce confusion in the materials that can be collected for recycling at kerbside. Following on from the 2019 consultation, this consultation details specific policy proposals for increasing consistency in recycling collected from households, businesses and other organisations. We want to know what you think about the materials included in each recyclable waste stream, exemptions, statutory guidance and transition timelines for local authorities and businesses. We are also seeking views on other areas of the policy to enable recycling consistency to be implemented successfully.  

The questions in the online survey are designed to be answered with reference to the consultation document which can be found as an attachment at the bottom of the page. Please view this document as you answer the online survey. 

Please note that not all questions need to be answered in order to submit a response and we encourage you to answer the questions that are relevant to you. Please read the questions carefully, and only provide comment or evidence where asked. You do not need to answer all the questions.

Please note that this consultation will close at 23:59 on 4th July 2021.

Other consultations taking place

Respondents should also be aware that we are consulting for a second time on adjacent policy proposals as part of the collection and packaging reforms: for Introducing Extended Producer Responsibility for packaging across the UK and introducing a Deposit Return Scheme in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Links to these consultations can be found below. Please note that these consultations with close on 4th June 2021. We encourage you to look at the other consultation as you consider your response to this consultation. We also encourage you to respond to the other consultation. 

What happens next

Following the closure of the consultation, we will analyse the responses and publish a government resonse in due couse. 


  • Charities/Voluntary Organisations
  • Environmental campaigners
  • Food Business Operators
  • Energy sector
  • House Building Industry
  • Property Management
  • Households
  • Local Authorities
  • Non-Household Customers
  • Consumer Groups
  • Waste Producers and Handlers
  • Business/Private Sector
  • Local Authorities
  • Waste Management Companies
  • Non-Government Organisation
  • Retail Industry
  • Member of the General Public
  • SME businesses
  • Public Bodies
  • Consultants
  • Stakeholders


  • Waste and recycling