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Report – Making recycling work for people in flats 2.0

This report presents the results of ReLondon’s Flats 2.0 research project which explores new ways of increasing recycling from purpose-built flats.

Following ReLondon’s 2020 report ‘Making recycling work for people in flats‘ – the Flats 1.0 project – this latest report, in partnership with the London Borough of Lambeth and Peabody, and funded by the Ecosurety Exploration Fund, carried out 13-month pilots on four estates of purpose-built flats in the London Borough of Lambeth. Across the four estates, the pilot was able to demonstrate an average 152% increase in the recycling rate, rising from a low baseline of 11% to a rate of 27%.

The report is accompanied by an updated Flats Recycling Package toolkit and a Cost Benefit Calculator for the Flats Recycling Package. These are tools for local authorities across London and throughout the UK to use as they grapple with low recycling rates from flats as well as implementing the Government’s collection and packaging reforms.

The updated Flats Recycling Package Toolkit is available now. The updated Cost Benefit Calculator will be available in early 2023. In the meantime, you can continue to use the current Cost Benefit Calculator.

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