Marginal increase in England’s recycling rate

The latest ‘Statistics on waste managed by local authorities in England in 2018/19’ has been published by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), revealing that England’s waste from households recycling rate has risen marginally by 0.3 per cent to 45.1 per cent in 2018/19. It appears that England is set to miss the EU target to recycle 50 per cent of waste generated by households by 2020.

According to the figures, the total volume of waste from households across 2018/19 in England was 22.1 million tonnes, down 0.5 per cent from 22.2 million tonnes in 2017/18. The amount of waste sent to recycling remained stable at 10 million tonnes.