The England ‘waste from households’ recycling rate was 43.9% in 2015, a decrease of 0.9 percentage points, from 44.8% in 2014.
Recycling rates had previously been increasing each year, albeit slowly. This is the first time the ‘waste from households’ recycling rate has been lower than 44% since 2011.
Defra says the decrease was driven by a 4.8% fall in organic recycling set against unusually high figures for 2014, particularly for January to March 2015 and April to June 2015 compared to the same quarters in 2014.
There was a smaller decrease of 1.1% in the amount of dry recycling in 2015 compared to 2014. Overall the total amount sent for recycling fell by 2.7% to nearly 9.8m tonnes.
Total waste from households amounted to 22.2m tonnes in 2015, a decrease of 0.6% on 2014. This is equivalent to 407 kg per person, down from 413 kg per person in 2014 (1.4%) but very similar to the three-year average of 409 kg per person for 2012 to 2014.