Further reports produced by others will be posted on this page, which add information on the development of recycling services and are no longer readily available from other sources. There are also some links to reports of potential interest and relevance to this website, which are readily available online. Currently the following are provided. More to follow.


Milton Keynes

Information sheet on (PDF, 451 KB) on the history of recycling in Milton Keynes from 1982 – 2015.

Warren Spring Laboratory

An overview (PDF, 18 MB) of the impact of source separation schemes on the domestic waste stream in the UK and their relevance to the government’s recycling target in 1993, which includes Sheffield, Milton Keynes, Adur, Chudleigh, Cardiff, Falkirk, Kensington and Chelsea, Leeds, Wye, Shepway, Kennet, Richmond-upon-Thames and Ryedale.

Audit Commission Handbook

Waste Matters: Good Practice in Waste Management (PDF, 629 KB) – A handbook published in 1997 on waste reduction, recovery and disposal with performance data, including costs, and case studies on Hampshire, Leicestershire, Horsham, Adur, Lancashire, Bath, Plymouth (tested alternating refuse and recycling collections in 1994, but later switched back to weekly refuse), Sutton, Sheffield and Devon.

Friends of the Earth and Community Recycling Network

Recycling Works (PDF, 63 MB) – 1998 report on employment, economic and environmental benefits from improved resource use, with policy proposals and many case studies, including the Blue Box 2000 scheme in Ontario, electric cart collections in London, the San Francisco Recycling Programme, home composting in Newark and Sherwood, garden waste collections in St Edmundsbury, community composting and the CREATE Project for reuse in Liverpool. (Compressed version – 9 MB).

Community Recycling Network

Recycling in Action (PDF, 2 MB) – 2000 report highlighting a selection of leading and innovative recycling and composting schemes in England and Wales.


Recycling in Daventry 2001/02 (PDF, 98 KB) – Daventry were another pioneer of alternating collections with fortnightly refuse, but were preceded by others, such as Castle Morpeth and Eastleigh. This briefing describes the development of Daventry’s red and blue box recycling scheme, followed by a trial with wheeled bins and alternating collections for refuse and compostable waste in 1998, which was rolled-out district wide in September 1999.


Friends of the Earth

Target recycling – Aiming for 50 per cent and beyond (PDF, 452 KB) – 2004 report on progress made in the UK, future targets and policy solutions.

House of Commons Library on refuse collection frequency

Report (90 KB) on weekly bin collections in 2011, focusing on issues associated with alternating or fortnightly refuse collections, including benefits and savings (cites Somerset).