Commercial and industrial (C&I) waste arisings in England have fallen by a third in seven years, according to the final results of a Defra survey.
The Commercial and Industrial Waste Survey 2009which was conducted by Jacobs, identified C&I waste arisings at 48 million tonnes in 2009. This represents a decline of 19.9 million tonnes, or 29%, from the previous survey year of 2002-03, where C&I waste arisings stood at 67.9 million tonnes.
According to the survey, industrial waste arisings fell 35.7% - from 37,587 tonnes in 2002/03 to 24,173 tonnes in 2009, while commercial waste reduced from30,320 tonnes in 2002/03 to 23,844 tonnes in 2009, representing a reduction of 21.4%.
Environment minister Lord Henley said: “Businessesacross Englandhave clearly been working hard to not only recycle more, but also reduce the waste they produce in the first place.”
However, Friends of the Earth resource use campaigner Julian Kirby claimed that the figures were “putting the Government to shame” by forging ahead with their own zero waste plans.
He said: “This report makes a mockery of claims we need to plan for ever increasing generation of waste. If the Coalition is serious about creating a ‘zero waste society’ it must work with business and councils to radically reduce the waste we generate.”
The final results revise down estimated C&I arisings, which stood at 55.8 million tonnes in an interim survey report published in November.