England’s Local Authority Waste To Landfill Halves In Five Years

10-05-13(2)picRecycling of England’s household waste reached 47 percent between July and September 2012, up two percentage points from a year previously, according to statistics released by Defra.

The annual rate now stands at 44 percent of household waste being recycled (including composted and reused).

Defra insists the drop is due to seasonal fluctuations.

Total household waste was over 6m tonnes between July and September 2012, an increase of three percent compared to a year previously (Includes recycling, compost and re-use).

“In the last 5 years household waste for recycling, composting or re-use has increased by 17 percent, while residual household waste has fallen by 25 percent”

The stats also show that 2.3m tonnes of local authority collected waste between July and September 2012 went to landfill, down nice percent from a year previously, and that 1.4m tonnes of local authority collected waste between July and September 2012 went for incineration, up 14 percent from a year previously.

Central government use these statistics to monitor progress against the revised Waste Framework Directive target of 50 percent household waste recycling by 2020.

In the last 5 years household waste for recycling, composting or re-use has increased by 17 percent, while residual household waste has fallen by 25 percent.

Local authority managed waste going to landfill has almost halved in the last 5 years (down 45 percent).

Local authority managed waste going for incineration has increased by 60 percent in the last five years, with an increase of 14 percent in the last year.

Defra believes landfill tax is the main driver for local authorities to reduce waste to landfill.

Covers waste collected and managed by local authorities in England from July to September 2012. Datasets for England and its regions are available to download.

 

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