Suez Proposes Pay-as-you-Throw to Help Recycling in the UK

Suez suggests a "pay-as-you-throw" system for household rubbish in the UK by 2030 to drive a recycling revolution.

Suez said weighing domestic waste with microchip technology in bins would help drive a revolution in recycling. The firm says that all packaging sold in the UK should be 50% recycled by 2025. Suez also recommends refundable deposit schemes for packaging, especially bottles and cans.

Statement from Suez UK CEO, David Palmer-Jones

“We believe innovative new systems will arise to capture, recycle, re-use and re-form materials if packaging manufacturers are required by law to have 50% minimum recycled content in their products and adhere to common design standards. We believe new data systems are also needed to track materials from the point of production, to sale, to the bin and back into production – from cradle-to-cradle, not grave. Weighing individual businesses and households’ residual waste through a “chip-and-bin” system will help gather this data and could enable more “pay-as-you throw” regimes”.

The Suez report also proposes a tax on “virgin” materials for packaging – but not on recycled materials. Better design of packaging would make it easier to recycle Suez said.