Defra: Total waste from England`s households dropped 1.8 per cent in 2013

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London, UK — The 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. The quarterly rate of recycling of ‚waste from households‘ reached 42.7 per cent in October to December 2013, increasing from 41.5 per cent in the same quarter 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. These are the key findings of new provisional statistics by Defra on waste managed by local authorities in England including October to December 2013.

Local authority managed waste to landfill and incineration fell by 5.2 per cent in 2013. Local authority managed waste recovered from landfill and incineration (excluding recycling and reuse) rose by 20 per cent in 2013.  This includes changes in stocks and process loss.

Other key points show:

  • Over 40 per cent of recycling of ‚waste from households‘ was organic waste comprising of separately collected food waste and other organics such as garden waste.
  • Separately collected food waste increased by 18.7 per cent in 2013 while other organic waste (mainly garden waste) dropped by 6.0 per cent. Dry recycling increased by 0.4 per cent in 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.

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Source:  Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra)