English waste from households recycling rate reached 44.8 per cent in 2014

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Source: defra

London, UK – According to the latest figures on waste managed by local authorities in England, the English ‘waste from households’ recycling rate reached 44.8 per cent in 2014. This is up from 44.2 per cent in 2013 and is an increase of almost 4 percentage points since 2010, the earliest year for which data for this specific measure are available. The tonnage of organic recycling (including food waste and other organics) increased by 9.6 per cent in 2014 compared to 2013, and dry recycling increased by 2.3 per cent compared to 2013.

In 2014, the total ‘waste from households’ amounted to 413 kg per person, up from 402 kg per person in 2013 (2.9 per cent) and very similar to 2012 levels. Total waste from households amounted to 22.4 million tonnes in 2014, an increase of 3.7 per cent on 2013.

Management of all local authority collected waste relates to waste from households plus that from street bins, street sweepings, parks and grounds as well as other non-household waste collected by local authorities:

  • Local authority managed waste recycled (including waste prepared for reuse and composted) in 2014/15 was 11.1 million, and accounted for 43 per cent of all local authority managed waste. This has increased more than three-fold since 2000/01 although increases in more recent years, especially since 2011/12, have been modest.
  • The total local authority waste disposed to landfill has fallen by 71 per cent since 2000/01 to 6.4 million tonnes in 2014/15, with a marked 20 per cent fall in the last 12 months compared to 2013/14.
  • The amount of waste sent to incineration with energy recovery increased by 25 per cent in 2014/15 compared to 2013/14 with a more than three-fold increase since 2000/01.
  • For the first time the amount of waste sent to incineration with energy recovery exceeded the amount of waste disposed to landfill, at 7.8 million tonnes and 6.4 million tonnes respectively accounting for 30 and 25 per cent of the total local authority waste.
  • In combination, the waste disposed to landfill and sent to incineration with energy recovery has remained very similar to 2013/14 even though the total collected increased by 0.7 per cent (25.8 million tonnes).
  • Local authority managed waste recycled (including waste prepared for reuse and composted) in 2014/15 was 11.1 million, and accounted for 43 per cent of all local authority managed waste. This has increased more than three-fold since 2000/01 although increases in more recent years, especially since 2011/12, have been modest.

The full statistics on waste managed by local authorities in England in 2014-2015 published by Defra can be downloaded from gov.uk

Source: Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs