Recycling on the Rise According to Defra

13th February 2015

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England’s recycling rate is on the rise according to the latest recycling statistics released by Defra. Rates reached 48.5% between April and June 2014 – the highest rate since measuring began in 2010.

Statistics from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs also showed that nearly three million tonnes of household waste was recycled in this period, which is up 8.5% on the same period in 2013 – great news for waste management in the UK!

Similarly, food waste sent for composting or anaerobic digestion was 11.3% higher in this quarter compared to the same in 2013; maintaining a constant trend, with separately collected food waste amounting to 0.3 million tonnes for the 12 months prior to June 2014.

Dry recycling continued to remain steady, with a small increase of almost 1% between April and June 2014 compared to the previous year, and 2.4% over the 12 months to June 2014.

Paper and card dominated dry recycling, as it has done since 2010, with the material making up about 40% of the sector by weight, with glass contributing a further 19%.

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