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Trend towards zero waste continues

Defra have released their Q2 waste statistics for England covering the period July 2011 through September 2011. This shows that waste has continued to fall whilst recycling has continued to rise. To quote from the Defra statistical (PDF):

The amount of waste collected from household sources decreased by 1.4 per cent to 23.1 million tonnes, between the financial year 2010/11 and the rolling year October 2010 to September 2011. The average annual change in total household waste over the five years to 2010/11 was a decrease of 1.6 per cent with household waste generation decreasing annually since 2006/07.

The proportion of household waste recycled (including composting and reuse) has continued to increase, rising from 41.5 per cent in 2010/11 to 42.5 per cent in the rolling year October 2010 to September 2011. In 2010/11 household recycling tonnage was 3.0 times that of 2001/02, increasing from 3.2 to 9.7 million tonnes.

The amount of household waste generated per person per year in kilograms in the rolling year October 2010 to September 2011 was 443 kg, of which 188 kg was recycled and 255 kg was not recycled. This continues the trend since 1983 when our records began of recycling per person increasing year on year, however, total household waste generated per person has only been falling year on year since 2006/07.

The detailed spreadsheets are available from:

In related news, lines from the recently published UK Bioenergy Strategy have been added to the UKWIN Quote Bank, including the Government’s view that: “The amount of residual waste from municipal and commercial sources is expected to decline gradually to 2030 as policies to encourage better environmental and energy outcomes succeed (i.e. waste prevention, reuse and recycle)”

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