Waste from Households – 2016 calendar year and 2016/17 financial year 
Defra yesterday released the official England waste from households recycling rate for 2016, which was 44.9%. This rate includes for the first time the percentage of metal recovered and recycled from waste which has been through incineration. For 2016 this raises the waste from households recycling rate by around 0.7 percentage points.

Recycling rates in England have been flatlining for some time and this small rise is welcome.

There is an EU target for the UK to recycle at least 50 percent of waste generated by households by 2020. The England ‘waste from households’ figures seen here making a significant contribution to the UK estimates

Highlights included:
  • Total "waste from households” in England increased by 2.5 percent in 2016 to 22.8 million tonnes from 22.2 million tonnes in 2015. This is equivalent to 412 kg per person, up from 406 kg per person in 2015 an increase of 1.6 percent.
  • Recycled waste in England rose to 10.2 million tonnes in 2016 from 9.8 million tonnes in 2015, an increase of 3.8 percent
  • Other organic waste increased by 3.1% to 3.8 million tonnes from 3.7 million tonnes in 2015. Separate food waste collected for recycling increased by 15.0 percent in 2016 to 353 thousand tonnes from 307 thousand tonnes in 2015. 
  • Other organic wastes such as garden waste increased by 3.1 percent to 3.8 million tonnes from 3.7 million tonnes in 2015, mainly due to higher volumes of garden waste between July to September 2016 compared to the same period in 2015. Other organic waste tonnages are directly linked to the season and weather or growing conditions and this is reflected in the quarterly figures.
  • The amount of food waste sent for composting (including anaerobic digestion) has increased by 15 percent in 2016 to 353 thousand tonnes from 307 in 2015. Despite this large increase, food waste collected separately remains a very small proportion of total waste collected (1.6%)

For a full copy of the stats, please click HERE

posted 6th December 2017

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