YouGov survey reveals lack of clarity over recycling food contaminated corrugated cardboard in UK

21 December 2016 (Last Updated December 21st, 2016 18:30)

A new survey commissioned by the UK’s Confederation of Paper Industries (CPI) has found that 55% of the respondents prefer recycling paper and cardboard soiled with grease at their home because they think it is the right thing to do.

YouGov survey reveals lack of clarity over recycling food contaminated corrugated cardboard in UK

A new survey commissioned by the UK’s Confederation of Paper Industries (CPI) has found that 55% of the respondents prefer recycling paper and cardboard soiled with grease at their home because they think it is the right thing to do.

Conducted by YouGov across the UK among 2,163 individuals, the study has also found that 45% of the respondents think that the household is responsible of recycling packaging.

"We need to offer guidance about the impact of poor-quality recycled packaging, and consistent and precise information for households does provide greater clarity and simplicity.”

A total of 38% believe that the responsibility is on the packaging manufacturers or the reprocessors of recyclable material, while 8% believe that recycling task should be passed down to local authorities.

CPI packaging affairs director Andy Barnetson said: “The corrugated industry is proud of its recycling heritage, every year, an amount of material is recycled, which if laid flat would cover an area the size of Greater London three times over, but corrugated contaminated with food or grease cannot be recycled due to hygiene concerns.

“From a domestic perspective, the message about the benefits of recycling cardboard is clearly getting through, and the public does realise its role in the process which is vital.

“However, we need to offer guidance about the impact of poor-quality recycled packaging, and consistent and precise information for households does provide greater clarity and simplicity.”

CPI also noted that that newly released survey findings supports the initiatives taken by the UK’s Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP).

Earlier this year, WRAP released a set of recycling guidelines, which are designed to help local authorities inform the public what they should and should not recycle.


Image: A number of UK households believe that people should recycle their waste produced from paper and cardboard soiled with grease at home. Photo: courtesy of Confederation of Paper Industries.