WRAP and Recycle Now's recycling tracker provides insights into UK citizen’s attitudes towards recycling as well as a greater understanding of their recycling related behaviours. It is an annual survey of UK citizens that gathers evidence on recycling attitudes, knowledge, and behaviour. It is the largest and longest running of its kind, having been undertaken by WRAP since 2004.

The survey uses boost sampling in Wales to provide a robust, enhanced sample of Welsh citizens. Fieldwork was undertaken online, from 03 - 15 November 2022. A total of 5,251 interviews were undertaken UK-wide with adults who have responsibility for dealing with the rubbish and recycling in the home. This included a sample of 1,041 adults in Wales. The sample matches the known profile of the Wales population, with quotas set on age, gender and region.

The tracker results demonstrate a number of key findings about recycling behaviour:

  • Recycling is a normalised behaviour with 95% of Welsh citizens doing so regularly;
  • There remains scope for improvement in Wales, both in terms of missed opportunities to recycle as well as putting items in the recycling that are not accepted;
  • Almost half (47%) miss opportunities to recycle common items;
  • Over four in five (84%) dispose of an item in the recycling that is not accepted;
  • Positive trends are evident. For example, 2022 has seen reduced contamination with plastic bags, films and wrapping;
  • On average, Welsh citizens dispose of 5.0 items incorrectly. This is in line with the latest UK findings;
  • When it comes to food recycling, almost four in five (78%) are food waste recyclers, a level consistent with the last two years;
  • There are opportunities to improve the experience of food recycling, with over two in five (43%) reporting they often experience liquid residues in the caddy and close to one in five liners splitting (19%) or flies in the home (19%). Reported problems are highly linked to satisfaction with the caddy liners, either indicating that some types of liners are preferred or simply different levels of expectations and tolerances among households;
  • Overall, the survey finds there is a high satisfaction with the waste and recycling service in Wales and has improved in recent years;
  • Finally, among those who engaged with Recycle Week 2022, just over half (53%) said they did something differently as a result.

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  • Recycling Tracking Survey in Wales: Autumn 2022 - English Summary

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  • Recycling Tracking Survey in Wales: Autumn 2022 - English Full Report

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  • Recycling Tracking Survey in Wales: Autumn 2022 - Welsh Summary

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  • Recycling Tracking Survey in Wales: Autumn 2022 - Welsh Full Report

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