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How to Boost Recycling

BETTER COLLECTION & SORTING

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Promote quality collection and sorting: plastics should not be discriminated against and should have a dedicated bin in order to allow good quality, separate collection and sorting. Deposit refund systems are a useful tool for raising mono-stream collection rates, while collection and sorting at source can be improved by increasing local capacity and consumer awareness.

HIGHER RECYCLING RATES

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Recycling rates are the first step towards a recycling society. To move to a resource efficient society we will have to increase recycling rates substantially to at least 60%.

STOP LANDFILLING

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Completely phase out landfilling of plastics by 2020 by extending and enforcing landfill bans. This will stimulate investment in collection, sorting and recycling.

ECO-DESIGN

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Ensure that plastic waste is separated from other waste at disposal and improve the quality of recyclables by: improving product design to facilitate material separation and recyclability.