UK Recycled 44.9% In 2014, New Defra Figures Show

The UK as a whole reached a recycling rate of 44.9% in 2014, according to new figures realised by Defra yesterday (25 August).

The statistics released are the most recent available and give an indication as to whether the UK is on track to meet the EU target of recycling 50% of household waste by 2020 – assuming the target will still apply in light of the UK voting to leave the EU.

The 44.9% recycling of household waste achieved in 2014 rose from 44.1% in 2013 and compares to 40.4% in 2010.

Other figures show UK biodegradable municipal waste (BMW) sent to landfill has continued to reduce and in 2014 was 8.7m tonnes. This represents 24% of the 1995 baseline value. In 2013 this figure was 26%, which comfortably met the 2013 EU target (no greater than 50% of the 1995 baseline). The UK also comfortably met the 2010 target.

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The 44.9% recycling of household waste achieved in 2014 rose from 44.1% in 2013 and compares to 40.4% in 2010.

There is a further EU target to restrict BMW landfilled to 35% of the 1995 baseline by 2020.

In 2013, 72.7% of UK packaging waste was either recycled or recovered compared to 69.1% in 2012. The 2013 EU target was for the UK to recycle or recover at least 60% of packaging waste.

With regard to non-hazardous construction and demolition waste, the UK is well above the target of recovering at least 70% of this type of waste by 2020. The recovery rate from non-hazardous construction and demolition waste in the UK in 2012 was 86.%, according to figures.

The UK generated 200 million tonnes of total waste in 2012. Half of this (50%) was generated by construction. Commercial & industrial activities generated almost a quarter (24%), with households responsible for a further 14%.

Almost half of the 186.2m tonnes of total waste that entered final treatment in the UK in 2012 was recovered. The proportion that went to landfill was 26.1%.

Wales recently announced that provisional figures show it is on target to achieve a recycling rate of 60% for households in 2015/16.

England’s household recycling continues to stagnate at around 44%.

Article published on www.ciwm-journal.co.uk by Darrel Moore on 26th August 2016.

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