England’s recycling rate falls once again

England’s ‘waste from households’ recycling rate has once again fallen following an increase last year, dropping 0.3 per cent to 44.8 per cent over 2017/18.

The total volume of waste from households across 2017/18 fell by 2.3 per cent to 22.2 million tonnes – 22.4 million tonnes was produced in the 2017 calendar year, a decrease of 1.5 per cent – while recycled waste fell to 10 million tonnes from 10.3 million tonnes across 2017/18, a fall of three per cent.

The volume of dry recycling fell by 3.1 per cent to 5.8 million tonnes, while organic recycling fell by 2.9 per cent to 4.1 million tonnes. The decreases in organic recycling can be largely attributed to the colder start to the year, resulting in less plant growth than usual. Residual waste fell slightly to 12.2 million tonnes, though as a proportion of total waste from households it rose to 0.3 per cent to 55.1 per cent of the total.