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Local authority collected waste down, recycling up

Defra’s latest waste management data for English local authorities show that household recycling is up while household waste production and waste sent to landfill are both down.

Defra’s local authority-collected waste statistics for the 12 months to March 2011 show that the proportion of household waste sent for recycling in England was 41.2%, up from 39.7% the previous year.

The East of England region is top of the table for household recycling for the third year running, with 48.8% of waste recycled. The South West comes second with 45.7%. The North East and London are bottom with 35.8% and 32.5% respectively.

English local authority collected waste sent to landfill is down by 8.8% to 11.4 million tonnes, continuing a decrease since 2002/03. The proportion of municipal waste sent to landfill is now at 43.4%, down from 78% a decade ago.

The North West region sent a higher proportion of its waste to landfill than any other English region for the tenth year running, with 55.6% of its council-collected waste sent landfill in 2010/11. The South West comes second for the third year running, with 50.1%. The West Midlands region sent the lowest proportion to landfill in 2010/11 at 26.8%, and has had the lowest figure every year since 2000/01. The South East has second lowest proportion sent to landfill at 32.7%.

Household waste production across England has fallen by 0.9% to 23.5 million tonnes in 2010/11.

The North East has the highest amount of residual waste produced per household at 639kg, the North West is second highest with 635kg, while the South West and East of England produce the least at 559kg and 542kg respectively.

Household sources accounted for 89.5% of local authority collected waste in 2010/11. Waste generated per person is now at 449kg, of which 185kg is recycled.

Recycling rates (%) by region:

Region2009/102010/11
East46.148.8
South West43.545.7
East Midlands45.645.6
West Midlands4042.1
South East4041.3
North West38.539.6
Yorkshire and Humberside36.838.6
North East34.735.8
London31.832.5
England39.741.2

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