Councils improve recycling rates by adopting reward schemes, new study finds


Local authorities that introduce recycling incentives for households tend to have higher recycling rates than those that offer compulsory recycling systems, according to new research, writes Edie.net.

The research produced by reward recycling company Greenredeem found that the ‘carrot’ approach was twice effective as the ‘stick’ approach in improving dry recycling rates. Dry recyclables include glass, plastic and cardboard materials.

The study, which covers the period from 2009/10 to 2013/14, reveals how local authorities in England that introduced recycling reward schemes saw dry recycling rates reach nearly 27%, while those with compulsory recycling strategies recorded a rate of only 15%.

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