The debrief: How one Gloucestershire council turned around its recycling performance

Stroud District Council almost doubled its recycling rate in two years. Could its strategy be replicated elsewhere and used to reverse a nationwide stagnation?

Figures published by DEFRA earlier this year revealed England’s progress on recycling has shuddered to a halt, with the household recycling rate slipping in the 2017/18 financial year. Last year, waste and resources minister Thérèse Coffey wrote to dozens of councils expressing concern at their low recycling rates and experts agreed the EU’s 2020 50% target looked increasingly distant for the UK.  

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