London, UK – The ‘waste from households’ recycling rate (including composting and preparing for reuse),was 44.8 per cent in the 12 months to December 2014, up from 44.2 per cent in the previous 12 month period to December 2013. The increase was driven by an increase in ‘organics recycling’ which was 9.9 per cent up compared to the previous 12 months in 2013, according to Defra`s provisional statistics on waste managed by local authorities in England including October to December 2014.
Other key points show:
- The quarterly ‘waste from households’ recycling rate (including composting and preparing for reuse) was 42.0 per cent in the three month period from October to December 2014. This compares to 42.7 per cent for the same period in 2013.
- Total waste generated by households over the 12 months to December 2014 was 22.4 million tonnes, an increase of 3.7 per cent compared to the previous 12 months. The tonnage of materials recycled, composted and prepared for reuse rose by 5.2 per cent to 10.0 million tonnes and residual waste (or black bag waste) increased by 2.5 per cent to 12.3 million tonnes.
- Local authority managed waste going to landfill over the 12 months to December 2014 was down by 14.8 per cent. Local authority waste sent for incineration increased by 31.7 per cent. Overall total disposal of waste to landfill and incineration was 1.1 per cent lower than the same period in 2013.
- Dry recycling is the largest contributor to the ‘waste from households’ recycling rate and increased by 2.2 per cent in the 12 months to the end of December 2014 compared to 2013. There was a 5.4 per cent increase in ‘dry recycling’ for the quarter January to March 2014 compared with the same period in 2013 and smaller increases for the remaining quarters in 2014.
- ‘Other organics’ is the second largest contributor to the ‘waste from households’ recycling rate and was 9.9 per cent higher compared to the previous 12 months. There was a large increase in tonnages recycled in January to March 2014 but against an unusually low figure for this same period in 2013. The tonnage recorded in April to June 2014 is the highest recorded for this period since 2010 when reporting on waste for households recycling began.
- ‘Separately collected food waste recycling’ tonnages have also increased, up 7.0 per cent in the 12 months to the end of December 2014 compared to 2013. However food waste accounts for just 2.9 per cent of total recycling.
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Source: Department of Environment, Food an d Rural Affairs