Environment Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 11th March 2009.

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Photo of Nick Herbert Nick Herbert Shadow Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what progress his Department has made on the development of a voluntary code to encourage the positioning of accessible recycling bins in public areas.

Photo of Jane Kennedy Jane Kennedy Minister of State (Farming and the Environment), Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

holding answer 6 March 2009

DEFRA launched 'Recycle on the Go' on 2 June 2008 which aims to put accessible recycling bins in public places. A good practice guide and a voluntary code of practice is available to help those responsible for public places to make recycling easy and accessible and includes guidance on providing recycling opportunities along with provisions for the correct disposal of non-recyclable waste.

The materials, which were developed in collaboration with the Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP) and ENCAMS, are available on the DEFRA website at:


WRAP's Recycle Now campaign has published guidelines for local authorities on how to make good use of the signage for recycle bins, including up-to-date brand guidelines for 'Recycle on the Go'. This, as well as artwork for bins and campaigning, can be downloaded from the Recycle Now website at:

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