Two thirds (66 per cent) of the UK public are also frustrated that different councils recycle items in different ways, and fewer consumers are now confident that they put their waste in the right bins.
Nine in ten would consider using refillable packaging.
However, only a third (35 per cent) currently do, with the main barriers being a lack of awareness and availability.
Paul Brown, Managing Director of Recycling and Integrated Assets at Viridor, said: ‘The public are confused about what and how to recycle, with the range of collection approaches in the UK and the stretching of local authority collection periods leading to continued contamination of potentially good material for recycling.‘A more standardised approach to waste collection, across local authority boundaries, would deliver economies of scale, encourage more social infrastructure in the right places and help boost economic growth.‘The 2017 Recycling Index also shows a clear need for better education, with seven in ten (69 per cent) people feeling frustrated about not having enough education materials on recycling.
'The success of the recycling process begins with the public and it’s heartening that people really do want to do the right thing, but they need a clear and concise message from their local authorities if we are to collectively improve recycling performance and reach national targets.’ Sarah Heald, Director of Corporate Affairs & Investor Relations at Viridor’s parent company, Pennon Group, said: ‘This research shows the public increasingly expects sustainable recycling for all packaging, but especially for plastics which they consider to be the most polluting of all household items.
Teens often think some behaviors, like teasing and name-calling, are a “normal” part of a relationship.
However, these behaviors can become abusive and develop into more serious forms of violence.
Seven in ten believe tax payers are having to shoulder the cost of recycling products.
But they think the manufacturers and businesses selling products should be paying this cost, highlighting that the public believes responsibility lies at the start of a product’s life.
The public also wants more nationwide consistency and ambition to tackle the issue.