Latest UK provisional statistics: Landfill and incineration fell by 5.2 per cent in 2013

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London, UK — The Department of Environment, Food an Rural Affairs has published latest provisional statistics on waste managed by local authorities in England including October to December 2013. The figures show that he annual rate of recycling of ‘waste from households’ was 44.2 per cent in 2013 and continues to be stable with just a slight increase from 44.1 per cent in 2012.

Total ‘waste from households’ dropped 1.8 per cent to 21.6 million tonnes in 2013. This amounts to 403 kg per person. The local authority managed waste to landfill and incineration fell by 5.2 per cent in 2013.

Concerning the composition of ‘waste from households’ dry recycling in England, January to December 2013, a total of 5.7 million tonnes of dry recycling came from households in the 12 months to December 2013.

  • Paper and card made up about 42 per cent of dry recycling with glass contributing to a further 19 per cent.
  • Scrap metals, including waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE), made up almost 8 per cent of dry recycling.
  • Plastic recycling has gradually increased and was 11.9 per cent higher than 2012, while recycling of paper and card has fallen by 4.2 per cent.
  • The annual rate of dry recycling of ‘waste from households’ continues to increase gradually,  rising from 29.9 per cent in 2010 to 32.0 per cent in 2013.

The full provisional statistics can be downloaded from

Source: Department of Environment, Food an Rural Affairs