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Recycling up in England but London still lags behind

London has remained at the bottom of the league table for household recycling, more than 16 percentage points behind the Eastern region at the top.

Whoever wins the mayoral election race in the capital faces a major challenge increasing the city’s recycling rates, with just 33.4% of household waste going to recycling, composting or reuse, according to provisional Defra figures.

Recycling across England rose to 42.5% in the 12 months to September 2011 – a 2.3 percentage point increase compared with the same period a year earlier.

The statistics also represented a 1 percentage point increase from the financial year 2010/11, when household recycling stood at 41.5%.

Waste minister Lord Taylor said: “Right across the country households are doing the right thing by recycling more, and we’re seeing that pay off by keeping 1.4 million tonnes of waste from rotting in landfill over the past year – that’s enough to fill Wembley stadium twice.”

He added: “There is no room for complacency and by working with councils and businesses, we are determined to make it as easy as possible to achieve our ultimate aim of a zero waste economy.”

The Defra household recycling figures at a glance

  • Household waste production fell by 1.4% to 23.1m tonnes.
  • Waste generation per person fell to 443kg, 188kg of which was recycled.
  • The household recycling rate rose 2.3 percentage points to 42.5%.
  • Waste collected by local authorities and sent to landfill fell from 11.3m tonnes to 10.5m.
  • Waste collected by local authorities and sent for recycling, composting or reuse increased from 10.6m tonnes to 10.7m tonnes. And waste to EfW incineration rose from 3.8m tonnes to 4.3m tonnes.

    Source: Defra’s quarterly output for the 12 months between October 201 and September 2011,
    For full release see here

Regional household recycling/composting/reuse rates:

RegionApril 2010 - March 2011  Oct 10 - Sept 11
Eastern48.9         49.7
South West46.6         47.1
East Midlands46.2         46.5
South East41.3         42.7
West Midlands42.4         42.7
North West39.8         42.2
Yorkshire and Humber39.5         40.1
North East36.1         37.7
London32.4         33.4
England41.5         42.5



Readers' comments (1)

  • Great news! "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."

    So, five times 1.6% = 8%

    Also, "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."

    Clearly we applaud this downward trend.

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