UK statistics on waste

Topic Selected: Waste and Recycling

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  • The UK recycling rate for ‘waste from households’ was 44.3 per cent in 2015, falling from 44.9 per cent in 2014. This is the first time the rate has fallen since it began in 2010, though the 2015 figure still represents the second highest annual value on record. There is an EU target for the UK to recycle at least 50 per cent of household waste by 2020.
  • UK Biodegradable Municipal Waste (BMW) sent to landfill has continued to reduce and in 2015 was 7.7 million tonnes. This represents 22 per cent of the 1995 baseline value. There is an EU target to restrict BMW landfilled to 35 per cent of the 1995 baseline by 2020. The UK comfortably met interim targets for 2010 and 2013.
  • The recovery rate from non-hazardous construction and demolition waste in the UK in 2014 was 89.9 per cent. There is an EU target for the UK to recover at least 70 per cent of this type of waste by 2020.
  • UK generation of commercial and industrial (C&I) waste was 27.7

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