Provisional information on Local Authority Collected Waste is out for April to June 2012 (Quarter 1 of 2012/13). Final data is scheduled to be released in November 2013.

Headline results:

  • “43 per cent of household waste was recycled (including composted and reused), 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.
  • Household waste generation was almost 6 million tonnes in Quarter 1 2012/13 (April to June 2012), a reduction of 2 per cent 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.
  • Local Authorities recycled, composted or reused 45 percent 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 per cent to 1.3 million tonnes, which reflects the annual trends in increased incineration seen in the last couple of years.”

See http://www.defra.gov.uk/statistics/environment/waste/wrfg22-wrmswqtr/ and http://www.resource.uk.com/article/Glass/Provisional_figures_show_recycling_slowing_down-2737 for details.

The 8th November 2012 Statistical Release stated that: “At Local Authority level, individual recycling rates ranged from 14 per cent to 69 per cent…lower rates could result from an authority focusing on avoiding landfill by investing in incineration and targeting its waste management policies on that treatment solution, rather than poor recycling awareness or initiatives”.

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