UK: Quarterly waste from households recycling rate reached highest rate

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London — According to provisional statistics on waste managed by local authorities in England including April to June 2014, the quarterly ‘waste from households’ recycling rate (including composting and preparing for reuse), reached 48.5 per cent in the three month period from April to June 2014. This is the highest rate achieved for an April to June period since reporting of this measure became available in 2010.

The figures show:

  • The ‘waste from households’ recycling rate rose to 44.9 per cent in the 12 months to June 2014, up from 44.0 per cent in the previous 12 month period to June 2013.
  • The total waste generated by households over the 12 months to June 2014 increased by 2.5 per cent compared to the previous 12 months to June 2013. The tonnage of dry recycling increased by 2.4 per cent and the tonnage of organic recycling increased by 7.8 per cent.
  • Local authority managed waste going to landfill and incineration over the 12 months to June 2014 was 2.3 per cent lower than the same period in 2013.

The figures show that, between April and June 2014, local authorities in England recycled more organic waste than dry recyclables for the first time, as the tonnage of ‘other organics’ that was composted rose sharply by 17.4 per cent during April to June 2014 compared to the same period in 2013.

  • The increase in ‘other organics’ in particular green waste may be partly due to the warmer than average weather recorded for England in the spring of 2014 which is likely to have generated more green waste and encouraged larger participation in recycling. In the 12 months to June 2014 the tonnage of ‘other organics’ rose by 7.3 per cent to 3.9 million tonnes compared to the equivalent period up to June 2013.
  • The tonnage of separately collected food waste sent for composting or anaerobic digestion has gradually increased and was 11.3 per cent higher in April to June 2014 than the same period in 2013. This has been a continuing trend. It constituted 6.9 per cent of the total organic recycling for the 12 months to June 2014, amounting to 0.3 million tonnes.
  • The tonnage of dry recycling has remained relatively steady over several years with small increases in the April to June quarters since 2012. It rose by almost one per cent in April to June 2014 compared to the same period in 2013. Over the 12 months to June 2014, dry recycling increased by 2.4 per cent compared to the previous equivalent 12 month period.
  • Almost 3 million tonnes of ‘waste from households’ was sent for recycling (including composting and preparing for reuse) between April and June 2014 which is up 8.5 per cent on April to June 2013. For the 12 months to June 2014, this was almost 10 million tonnes, up 4.6 per cent on the previous 12 months.

The full provisional statistics can be downloaded from gov.uk.

Source: Defra