The development of a UK kerbside scheme using known practice

Ryan Woodard, Matthew L. Bench, Marie Harder

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Local authorities in the UK have been set challenging new targets for recycling household waste for 2003/4. This means many of them are urgently trying to determine which parameters in kerbside schemes are most important for increasing recycling rates. In this work information from previous kerbside schemes was used to plan significant improvements in an existing scheme in Horsham District, UK, and a trial was conducted using 1000 homes including a control group. It used fortnightly collection of residual waste with sets of recyclables collected on alternate weeks. The new scheme resulted in improvements of participation rates from 72 to 84%, and set-out rates from 45 to 59% (falling to 76 and 50% respectively, some months later). Details on participation and set-out for different groups of materials are given, as well as levels of excess waste and participation in the collection of garden waste.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)115-127
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Environmental Management
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2005

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© 2005. This manuscript version is made available under the CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 license


  • Household waste
  • Kerbside recycling
  • Education
  • Waste collection


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