UK recycling rate increases to 45.7 per cent

The UK recycling rate for Waste from Households (WfH) has risen to 45.7 per cent in the 2017 calendar year, up from 45.2 per cent in 2016, according to the latest figures from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra).

The total waste arisings for the whole of the UK in 2017 came to 26.9 million tonnes, representing a slight fall from 2016, when 27.3 million tonnes of waste were generated. Of this total, around 12.3 million tonnes were counted as recycled.

In terms of BMW, the UK sent 7.4 million tonnes to landfill in 2017, down from 7.8 million tonnes in 2016, representing 21 per cent of the 1995 baseline value, against which EU targets are set – the UK has to send no more than 35 per cent of BMW to landfill by 2020.

The UK’s total packaging recycling or recovery rate fell to 70.2 per cent in 2017, down from 71.4 per cent in 2016. Despite the fall, this is still comfortably ahead of the EU target of 60 per cent for 2020.