The waste sectors have increased their production output, according to latest figures from the Office for National Statistics.
Water supply, sewerage and waste management, considered one of the UK’s four ‘main sectors’, increased by 3% between the first and second quarters of this year, its third consecutive quarterly increase.
This contributed 0.24 percentage points to the cross-sector increase in production output of 0.7%, which was lower than the preliminary Gross Domestic Product estimate of 1%.
The smaller waste collection, treatment and disposal sector also increased production in this period, from January-March and April-June, contributing 0.12 percentage points to the overall total.
The new figures showed an overall estimated monthly decrease of 0.4% in June compared with May 2015.
But water supply, sewerage and waste management increased by 0.5% in this period, its sixth consecutive monthly increase since December 2014, and contributed 0.04 percentage points.
Waste collection, treatment and disposal activities, on the other hand, negatively contributed 0.03 points to the overall monthly figure.
Water supply, sewerage and waste management increased by 4.5% during the past year, June 2014-15, contributing 0.4 percentage points to the overall yearly growth total of 1.5%.
Waste collection, treatment and disposal activities increased by contributed 0.13 percentage points to this total.