Recycling Credits

Any material which is removed from the household waste stream can be claimed for (including paper, cardboard, glass and aluminium cans) provided that it is ultimately recycled.

  • Waste from schools and colleges is considered household waste
  • It is the UK Government’s view that composting is a form of recycling
Credits are paid only on controlled waste for which no direct charge is levied,
  • Commercial or industrial waste is excluded.
  • Where a direct charge is made by local authorities for bulky or green waste collections credits should not be paid because there is no saving to the authority to pass on although disposal credits are still payable.
  • Charity shops are not eligible to receive recycling credits on goods donated to their shops. Waste discarded from charity shops, is treated as household waste, and charity shops are eligible for recycling credits for items that cannot be sold and are then discarded as waste and recycled rather than being disposed of.
  • The use of returnable or refillable bottles or containers does not qualify for credit payments.

The value of recycling credits payable for each tonne of household waste in the 2008/09 financial year is typically around £40-£50.

Type of waste disposal authority Net saving per tonne of waste
A London waste disposal authority for an area which includes an inner London borough.£66.15
The council of an inner London borough.£66.15
The Common Council of the City of London.£66.15
A London Waste disposal authority which comprises outer London boroughs.£58.92
The council of an outer London borough£58.92
The Greater Manchester Waste Disposal Authority£50.28
The Merseyside Waste Disposal Authority£50.28
The council of a metropolitan district£50.28
Any other waste disposal authority£41.62 where the authority incurs any transport costs in disposing of similar wastes, and £31.53 in other cases.
Amazon Books
Image of The Waste Crisis : Landfills, Incinerators, and the Search for a Sustainable Future
Author: Hans Y. Tammemagi
Publisher: Oxford University Press USA (1999)
Binding: Paperback, 296 pages