This guidance has been developed specifically to assist local authority officers to launch, manage and improve recycling and food waste collection schemes for blocks of flats.  It can also be used by other individuals, organisations and partnerships with an interest in recycling services for flats.

Many local authorities in the UK, that provide comprehensive recycling collection schemes for kerbside properties, are now focusing on improving recycling and food waste collection schemes to flats in order to:

  • Meet Local Area Agreements, Landfill Allowance Trading Scheme (LATS) targets and the requirements of the Household Waste Recycling Act 2003
  • Continue to improve recycling performance
  • Meet resident demand and continue to improve services to all residents. 

It draws together and builds on lessons learned from the 2006 report Recycling for flats (3581 kb) [pdf] commissioned by Defra, with subsequent research and experiences of local authorities. 

As flats recycling schemes and knowledge develop, so will this guidance.  To add your experiences to the guidance please contact the Collections and Quality Team at WRAP.