Wednesday, 20 March 2013

Recycled UK household waste: 2012 similar to 2011

Defra has published provisional quarterly estimates for Quarter 1 2012/13 of local authority collected waste generation and management for England and the regions. According to the figures, 43% of household waste was recycled (including composting and reuse), in the 12 months to the end of June 2012. This is similar to the 2011/12 financial year, but an increase, compared to 2007/8. Final Estimates for 2012/13 will be published in November 2013.

Other headline results are:

  • Household waste generation was almost six million tonnes in Quarter 1 2012/13 (April to June 2012), a reduction of 2% in the same quarter in 2011/12. This amounts to 113kg per person. The combined amount for the 12 months to end of June 2012 was 428kg per person, nearly half a tonne!

  • Local Authorities recycled, composted or reused 45% of the waste they collected in Quarter 1 2012/13. This amounted to more than was landfilled.
  • The use of incineration with energy recovery increased by over 20% to 1.3 million tonnes, which reflects the annual trends in increased incineration seen in the last couple of years

According to the Chartered Institute of Waste Management, the good news is that household waste generated reduced by some 2% in the same period to about six million tonnes. Similarly the amount of waste that is landfilled continued its historic downward trend to 2.3 million tonnes, a reduction of 15% from the same quarter in the 2011/12 period.

At Emerge we collect all grades of dry recyclables as well as IT+WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment). We can offer a comprehensive waste management solution for organisations and schools across Greater Manchester. Tel. 0161 223 8200

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