Friday, 21 February 2014

Recycling Rates In UK "Stagnating"

Household recycling in the UK has been "stagnating", according to an industry expert commenting on the latest official statistics from Defra. The figures showed that households are sending more waste to landfills for incineration; this indicates that the UK may not be able to reach the EU target of recycling half its waste by 2020.

According to the data released at the beginning of February, household waste recycling in England in the 12 months leading to June last year stood at 43.3%, a very slight increase from just above 43% in March 2012. The quarterly recycling rate, which can be seasonal in nature, reached 46.2% between April and June 2013 – the highest rate reached for this particular three-month period.

At the same time, waste managed by local authorities that went to landfills or incinerators went up 1.3% between April and June 2013 compared with the previous year. This figure is still 32% below the level for the same period in 2006. Household waste arisings stayed at a stable 22.7 million tonnes in the year to June 2013; previous years had seen this figure drop steadily by 10% in 2008, 2009 and 2010..

Rob Crumbie, communications director at recycling rewards company Greenredeem, said that although the figures are going up, the rate of change is minimal. A recent survey by Greenredeem showed that 64% of Britons feel the current schemes aimed at incentivising consumers to recycle are not working as they should. The government should work together with local authorities and environmental campaigners to help the UK reach the targets set by the EU, he said.

For more information on mobile phone recycling, visit the FoneHub website.

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