Waste management activities declined in volumes in the first quarter of the year, despite a general increase in production levels in other sectors, figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) indicate.
Waste collection, treatment and disposal activities decreased 1.2% quarter-on-quarter, according to the latest Index of Production. The biggest decline was registered between February and March.
Remediation activities and other waste management services saw a slight increase, up 0.6%.
The drop in the waste sector took place on the background of rising production levels, with the overall production output in the UK growing 0.7% quarter-on-quarter.
Production across sectors also increased year-on-year, driven by a 3.5% growth in manufacturing.
However, the performance of the waste sector appears more positive if the period between March 2013 and March 2014 is considered, when waste collection, treatment and disposal activities increased by 14.3%.